Chelsea certainly haven’t been shy about splashing the cash this summer following the arrival of new chairman Todd Boehly.
For Transfermarktthe American businessman has already shelled out more than £181 million on new faces, including Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.
However, despite a decent start to the new Premier League campaign that has seen them take four points from their opening two games, it seems that the Blues’ business is far from done in this transfer window.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look at how the Chelsea starting XI could look for the visit of West Ham on September 4 – their first match following the closing of the window – should they land all of their reported targets.
Chelsea’s potential starting XI after the summer transfer window shuts
Chelsea have been linked with players in a wide variety of positions this summer. However, Edouard Mendy’s position in between the sticks has never been in much doubt.
Barring injury and suspension, the Senegalese shot-stopper will still be the man with the gloves next month.
Cucurella looks set to form a formidable wing-back partnership with Reece James at Stamford Bridge this season, but matters at the heart of Chelsea’s defense are far from settled.
Koulibaly impressed on his home debut – where he opened the scoring against Spurs – but the club are clearly keen to draft in reinforcements to partner him.
The Blues have been chasing Leicester’s Wesley Fofana throughout the window and a deal now seems increasingly likely after the Frenchman was left out of Leicester’s squad for their home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
On the assumption that the move goes through, the 21-year-old gets the nod in one of the centre-back berths.
Friday evening saw a surprising report emerge suggesting that Chelsea had been in contact with Manchester United about the availability of their captain Harry Maguire.
English international Maguire has struggled for form at Old Trafford for some time now – and is arguably better suited to playing in a three-at-the-back system such as the one Chelsea adopt.
It would be this summer’s most shocking move if it does go ahead, but many United fans would happily wave Maguire off, especially if a rumored swap deal for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic can be negotiated.
Should Thomas Tuchel’s side not land both Fofana and Maguire, the ever-dependable Thiago Silva is a strong option at centre-back. However, the Brazilian turns 38 next month and probably isn’t a long-term solution in the role.
Earlier this month, it appeared that Chelsea might land Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong from under the noses of Man United.
With the Red Devils now having all but secured the services of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, the Dutch international no longer looks to be Premier League-bound as the Blues’ interest in the player has also cooled.
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Signing De Jong was never a necessity for the west London side in any case. Chelsea are blessed with a host of options in central midfield and – in the short-term – N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are more than capable of keeping things tight in the middle of the park.
The final third is an area where the Blues will require additional resources, particularly after Timo Werner’s return to Leipzig.
Looking ahead, Chelsea are said to be sweet on another Leipzig forward, Christopher Nkunku, and reportedly believe they can land the 24-year-old next summer.
Nor a stop-gap signing, though, the club is close to finalizing a deal to bring former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to the Premier League.
He may now be 33 years old, but Aubameyang has already proven that he can find the net in the English top-flight, bagging 68 Premier League goals in 128 appearances during his five years at the Emirates.
With Sterling and Mason Mount providing support on either side of him, it shouldn’t take the former Gabonese international long to pick up where he left off should he land at Stamford Bridge.
Check out the XI in full below.
Chelsea last raised the Premier League trophy in 2016/17, but the scale of their recruitment plans under Boehly proves their ambition to get back to that level sooner rather than later.
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