Chelsea transfer challenge: Five summer window options

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Roberto Di Matteo was reunited with the majority of his Chelsea squad earlier today, after the players returned to Cobham for the first day of pre-season training ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

Summer signings Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Kevin De Bruyne were in attendance for the opening session, and the Blues' coaching staff wasted no time in putting the players through their paces, as plans in the build-up to their Premier League opener against Wigan Athletic on August 19 began to take shape.

The Chelsea first-team will embark on a tour of North America prior to a friendly fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium in early August, with the club's first competitive game coming in the form of the Community Shield, when the west Londoners take on Manchester City at Wembley on August 12.

Di Matteo was in good spirits, as he was asked by reporters about any other planned transfer activity ahead of the new campaign, with further additions anticipated before the close of the transfer window next month, following the departure of first-team regulars Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa.

However, the Italian kept his cards close to his chest, refusing to reveal specific targets, but intimated that there is a possibility of some more new faces arriving at Stamford Bridge.

"Having lost those three players we still have a pretty experienced team," he reflected. "But we are monitoring the market and looking at some different things.

"We have a lot of youngsters like [Romelu] Lukaku, Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand who did well last season. I'll be looking at them and seeing how they are developing and it's down to them.

"I don't think there is going to be an overhaul of the way we approach the games. The new players will be integrated into the team and we have to make sure we get the best out of these players."

With speculation rife in the English media, GiveMeFootball considers five players that Chelsea could still be looking to sign this summer.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

After Arsenal were rocked by the news that Robin van Persie will not be signing a new deal to prolong his stay at the Emirates Stadium, fresh doubts have emerged over the long-term future of Theo Walcott.

The 23-year-old Gunners winger is also about to enter the final 12 months of his contract, and after an impressive showing for England at Euro 2012 this summer, a number of clubs are believed to be monitoring his situation.

Valued at around £15million, Walcott has attracted interest from Chelsea, but the Blues are likely to face competition from two of their former managers, with reports suggesting Paris Saint Germain, and Tottenham will rival Roberto Di Matteo for the player's signature.

Maicon (Inter Milan)

The recent release of Jose Bosingwa combined with the plea from Branislav Ivanovic to be deployed in his favoured central defensive role, means Chelsea are short on options at right-back.

Inter Milan's marauding Brazilian defender has been identified as Roberto Di Matteo's first-choice addition this summer, with the club's prospective £6.5million bid believed to be enough to entice him to England.

However, Real Madrid could throw a spanner in the works by making a last ditch attempt to lure him to Spain, with the Bernabeu thought to be the 30-year-old's preferred destination, in order to be reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho.

Axel Witsel (Benfica)

Chelsea are reportedly on red alert after Benfica revealed they are ready to cash in on highly rated Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel.

The 23-year-old is rated at around £20million, and has attracted attention from a host of top European clubs. But, with an increasing contingent of Witsel's compatriots arriving in west London, the Blues would be one of the favourites to secure his signature.

Having already secured attacking midfield reinforcements in Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, Roberto Di Matteo is now looking for a defensive midfielder to shore up the middle of the park, and Witsel is now regarded as his first-choice option.

Luka Modric (Tottenham)

Tottenham are still braced for Luka Modric to leave White Hart Lane this summer, but only if the price is right. They rejected three offers from Chelsea last summer - including one of £40million, close to transfer deadline day.

Roman Abramovich is understood to have made a promise to the Croatian playmaker that he would return for him this summer, but may be forced to meet Spurs' valuation of £50million.

The 26-year-old is also a long-term target for Manchester United, while Real Madrid have emerged as contenders for his sought-after signature. Andre Villas-Boas will look to convince Modric to remain in north London.

Hulk (Porto)

Didier Drogba's high profile departure leaves a huge void in Chelsea's forward ranks. The resurgent Fernando Torres will be expected to step up and finally rediscover the form that prompted the club to part with £50million to sign him in January 2011, particularly after his Golden Boot performance for Spain at Euro 2012.

But, that hasn't stopped the club from being heavily linked with a move for Brazilian hitman Hulk. The 25-year-old appears destined for the Premier League after his agent Teodoro Fonseca recently spoke out about his client's future.

"Hulk is the most coveted player in Europe this summer," he explained. "I never said he wants to leave Porto because he belongs to the club, but if he is sold, it has to be in the best way possible.

"Now his dream is to play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and it is my opinion that the Premier League is the best place he could play."

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