When Jose Mourinho takes the reigns at the west London club after the summer break, he will want to have concluded a number of deals that will bring his own cast of players to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City and Manchester United have already concluded purchases of their own, while Arsenal are also edging closer to completing several deals. Chelsea will be looking to respond in kind.
Chelsea's potential summer signings.
1. Edinson Cavani | Napoli
The Napoli frontman has long been touted with a move to the Premier League but Chelsea seems to be close to signing the striker now.
The Blues are reported to be ready to breaking another record British transfer fee (though fans will hope the money will be better spent than it was on the existing record), in triggering Cavani's £53m release clause.
Cavani was Serie A's top scorer over the 2012/13 season and has netted 104 goals for Napoli over the past three years. The transfer would doubtless bring a premier talent to Chelsea's aid but with young attacking talents such as Romelu Lukaku wanting to break into the first team at the club, such a signing may prove superfluous.
2. Robert Lewandowski | Borussia Dortmund
Lewandowski burst onto the world stage this year as he put Real Madrid to the sword in the Champions League semi-final, scoring four goals past Diego Lopez and helping him on his way to becoming the competition's second-highest goalscorer with just two less than Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Poland international has been told that he will not be permitted to join Bayern Munich this summer, which could open the door to a move to the Premier League.
3. Hulk | Zenit St. Petersburg
The forward was perhaps the player most linked with a big-spending move to Chelsea over the 2012 summer transfer window but, instead, moved to Zenit St. Petersburg.
Whilst Hulk has played well in Russia, it's unclear whether he is settled there. Chelsea seem to be looking for a strong attacking player to fit Mourinho's technique. Hulk would be a good signing for the club and would likely be a beneficial influence for the development of the young Romelu Lukaku.
4. Marouane Fellaini | Everton
Though the Everton midfielder looks to be all but tied up by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have also been connected with the Belgian.
The attacking midfielder would doubtless fit in with Jose's play style, large strong players playing a crucial role, but the deal looks to be unlikely with Arsenal apparently having stolen Fellaini away.
5. Andre Schurrle | Bayer Leverkusen
The German forward has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea for months. Talks between the Blues and Bayer Leverkusen are reported to hinge upon the fate of his team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, on loan at the German club from Chelsea.
If De Bruyne is loaned back out to Leverkeusen, Schurrle will reportedly be sold to the club. De Bruyne's goalscoring performance against Serbia in their World Cup qualifier last Friday may convince Mourinho to keep the attacking midfielder at Chelsea this season. The Blues may have to proceed down another route if they want their man.
6. Eliaquim Mangala | FC Porto
Mourinho may back into a raid from old club FC Porto to shore up Chelsea's ageing defence. Though Mourinho earlier stated that he would give everyone a chance in the Chelsea squad and Terry would retain the captaincy, Ashley Cole and the captain himself are both 32.
Mangala has endured some excellent seasons at Porto, even getting himself on the scoresheet on a few occasions, similarly to Chelsea's scoring centre-backs Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.
Speculation over the proposed move has prompted Mangala to comment: "It's flattering because Chelsea are a great club and Mourinho is a great coach."
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