Chelsea advanced to the Champions League knockout rounds with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday night - but how did the west London outfit’s top transfer targets perform in Europe’s elite club competition this week?
We’ve provided a comprehensive round-up on the top players recently linked with moves to Stamford Bridge for all football fans to take a closer look at - not just those who support the Blues.
Lionel Messi | Barcelona
Barcelona’s star man scored the Catalan giants’ all-important equaliser against Paris Saint-Germain and also played his part in the third goal. The Argentinian maestro, who earns £313,000-a-week has been linked with a £200 million move to Chelsea, rarely disappoints.
Gerard Pique | Barcelona
A decent display from Barcelona’s top centre-back, whose performances have improved as the season has progressed. It seems Luis Enrique is beginning to regain his trust in the Spain international, who has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months.
Kevin Strootman | AS Roma
Kevin Strootman is still working his way back to full fitness and was an unused substitute in AS Roma’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. After this result, however, Roma boss Rudi Garcia must wish he’d started the Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea target.
Paul Pogba | Juventus
There were no goal in the match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid, but Paul Pogba produced another composed display in the middle of the park. The Frenchman put in some fabulous crosses from the left-hand side and worked hard to protect left-back Patrice Evra.
Hulk | Zenit
Zenit were beaten 2-0 by AS Monaco, and subsequently failed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, but Hulk tried his best to keep the Russian Premier League side in the competition. Looked the most likely Zenit player to score, but failed to beat Danijel Subašić in the Monaco goal.
Joao Moutinho | AS Monaco
Joao Moutinho has been strongly linked with a move away from AS Monaco in recent days, but that didn’t stop the Portuguese star producing an excellent display against Zenit. The £30 million-rated Chelsea target was neat and tidy with his passing and produced the assist for Fabinho in the closing stages of the match.