Chelsea are planning to overhaul their squad after Jose Mourinho signs his contract extension, starting with the acquisition of Atletico Madrid’s in-form forward Antoine Griezmann.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand the Blues are also plotting moves for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
Mourinho is poised to put pen-to-paper on a two-year contract extension, which will keep him tied to Stamford Bridge until 2019, worth a reported £12 million-a-year. Chelsea will then get down to business in the transfer market.
After winning the Premier League title but failing to progress past the Champions League quarter-finals, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to back Mourinho when the transfer window re-opens this summer.
The west London outfit’s current wish-list features a new midfielder, defender, forward and goalkeeper.
As well as the four aforementioned stars, Chelsea are also believed to be monitoring Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale - who has endured a frustrating season at the Bernabeu - and Barcelona forward Pedro, who will ask to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the campaign.
Antoine Griezmann will cost £45m
Griezmann, who joined Atletico Madrid in a £24 million deal from Real Sociedad last summer, has enjoyed a better season than Bale and Pedro combined.
The 24-year-old has scored a magnificent 25 goals in 51 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side this season - but could now follow in the footsteps of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois by swapping the Vicente Calderon for Stamford Bridge.
In order to sign the France international, though, Chelsea will need to pay his £45 million release clause.
Chelsea set to offload first-team stars
Chelsea will free up funds by offloading several first-team players this summer, including goalkeeper Petr Cech. Luis, meanwhile, could return to Atletico and Oscar is also in danger of being sold after flattering to deceive this term.
Lacazette, the 23-year-old French striker, has scored six more goals than Griezmann this season and could provide Costa with some much-needed competition from the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Loic Remy and Didier Drogba could both depart Stamford Bridge.
Raphael Varane unlikely to join Chelsea
Varane, the third France international on Mourinho’s most-wanted list, is very unlikely to be allowed to leave Real Madrid - but that won’t stop Chelsea from attempting to sign the talented 22-year-old.
And Guaita, 28, is a goalkeeper that Mourinho came up against on multiple occasions during his three-year spell at Real Madrid.
The Spaniard isn’t quite in the same class as Cech, but would provide some valuable competition for Thibaut Courtois with the Czech Republic international poised to leave Chelsea within the forthcoming months.
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