Chelsea could find themselves in a state of great discomfort depending on how their visit to Tottenham plays out today.
A win over their London rivals at Wembley would go a long way towards abating some of the unease around Stamford Bridge this summer.
Antonio Conte has made little effort to conceal his concerns over the lack of constructive transfer activity following his stunning march to the 2016-17 Premier League title.
Chelsea appear notably frail in several key positions despite investing upwards of £125 million in new signings across the pitch.
There’s no denying the quality of the Blues’ captures in Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero, but it is their outgoing business that has hurt them.
Since the end of last season, the champions have so far allowed the permanent departures of eight players, most of which who would not be considered first-choice options.
But while the headline sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United added £40 million to the Chelsea bank account, it could prove to be a grave error of judgement.
Conte is left with virtually no reliable stand-ins for N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Bakayoko in central midfield – a dire situation for a club expected to compete on all four fronts this term.
Chelsea are thought to have identified several candidates to rectify the problem, but the looming August 31 deadline means the pressure is on to quickly wrap up any potential deals.
WHO DO CHELSEA WANT?
Leicester ace Danny Drinkwater is understood to be on Conte’s shortlist with his employers reportedly tabling an unsuccessful £20 million last week.
The Foxes are believed to be holding out for £40 million – a valuation that has forced the West Londoners to reconsider their interest.
With that in mind, Chelsea have turned their attention to Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, per the Sun.
The Poland international could be available on loan as the Ligue 1 giants look to reshape their squad and balance the books following Neymar’s world-record arrival.
Krychowiak has struggled to earn a regular place in the PSG line-up and made just 17 appearances in all competitions since joining from Sevilla a year ago.
However, the 27-year-old is a smart target for Chelsea considering the class he showed for the Spanish club, Reims and Bordeaux earlier in his career.
Krychowiak might not be Conte’s top pick, but the Italian can ill-afford to be picky at this late stage of the transfer window.
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