With Chelsea now able to turn their backs on the disastrous campaign that was 2015-16, the club can look forward to the summer. Besides, reports are suggesting that the Blues are set for a busy few months in the transfer window.
Antonio Conte’s arrival has seen the club doused in links to Italian and Serie A players in particular. Some prove exciting propositions and worth the millions, but others appear a less appetising fit for the Stamford Bridge side.
In light of this, here are three players that are supposed transfer targets of the club, that they should avoid signing this summer:
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After a successful season with Juventus, Mandzukic has once again seen Premier League clubs itching for his signature. However, Chelsea should not prove one of them albeit a handful of publications drawing the link.
The Blues need a proven goal scorer to provide back up for Costa, but just 13 goals in 35 appearances proves a rather unspectacular return. Moreover, his style of play would simply see him a carbon copy of the Spaniard but with a little less bite.
Purchasing a faster forward should be the avenue Chelsea explores to give an alternative option to the rough and tumble Costa. In addition, at 30-years-old, no coaching is going to ramp up Mandzukic’s pace anytime soon.
Consequently, Chelsea fans can be buoyed by the fact FourFourTwo is reporting how the Croatian is happy in Turin. A good striker undoubtedly, but not the right fit for Conte and the Blues.
Hatem Ben Arfa
The Frenchman has experienced an incredible resurgence in Ligue 1 with Nice this season. Albeit his career looking dead in the water less than two years ago, the controversial star has hammered home 18 goals in 35 appearances from midfield.
Such stunning performances even saw Ben Arfa make a return to the French side in 2015 after a three year absence. However, it must be thought that his inconsistency and erratic discipline contributed to him missing out on his nation’s Euro 2016 squad.
ESPN has been one of numerous publications to link Ben Arfa to west London especially considering he is set to become a free agent. Despite this, Chelsea should be discouraged by the 29-year-old’s recent Premier League history.
Spotty form at Newcastle United that saw him throw his toys out the pram and a calamitous loan spell at Hull City should be cause for concern. The Blues should not gamble on a player who could easily become a one season wonder and cover the club in negative press.
Less than one year on since Chelsea hounded Everton all summer long for the Englishman’s signature, the Blues may now be happy they failed. Stones has endured a poor season and supporters should be relieved it occurred in an Everton shirt.
There can be little doubting that the 21-year-old is a talent, but would not prove the instant fix Chelsea are crying out for. Besides, they already possess a loyal, long-term centre-back in the form of Kurt Zouma.
Considering the caliber of defenders the Stamford Bridge side is being linked with, Stones would prove something of a last resort. His often immature defensive mistakes and erratic tackling would likely see him become a liability.
Maybe in three years time, but currently, the Blues shouldn’t risk investing in the Everton man. After all, the Toffees are likely to expect a lucrative fee that ultimately wouldn’t be worth Roman Abramovich’s investment.
Strap yourselves in Blues fans it’s going to be an important summer, but one that will go one of two ways. If Chelsea want to ensure success, then avoiding the captures of the aforementioned players would be a step in the right direction.
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