Chelsea: Three players in, three players out

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After enduring a less than impressive campaign this season, Chelsea will need to bring in several new players in order to make a push for the Premier League title next season.

As the transfer window is now open, many fans will begin to speculate who will be coming and going from their respective clubs.

With a new era set to get underway at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte taking over after he fulfills his responsibilities with the Italian national side at Euro 2016, it's expected that there will be plenty of transfer dealings taking place.


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Here we look at three players which could possibly arrive at the Blues, and three players that could possibly depart.


Leonardo Bonucci - Juventus

Juventus have just completed an incredible season, capturing their fifth successive Serie A title, and at the forefront of this form has been defender Leonardo Bonucci.

Bonucci has shown his diversity and skill throughout the season, and just how effective he is at playing the ball from defence to midfield. He leads the side with a total of almost 1,900 passes in 2015/16.

That figure is over 300 higher than the second-placed member of the squad, while he connects with an impressive 87.1 percent of those attempts. The defender isn’t shy in front of goal either, netting three goals this season.

A move to Chelsea would see Bonucci reunite with his former Azzuri boss, and that alone could be enough to ward off attention from top teams such as Manchester City.

Antonio Rüdiger – AS Roma

After being snubbed by Radja Nainggolan, Chelsea have opted to go for another Roma player – Antonio Rüdiger.

This past week, Roma have activated a £6.8 million (€9m) clause to make Rudiger's loan move from Stuttgart a permanent switch.

However, the Serie A side could choose to make a quick profit on him and flog the centre-back for £22.7m (€30m).

The defender could be seen as an ideal replacement for the ageing John Terry, and given Conte's relationship with the Italian league, it could be a deal that gets done throughout the summer.

Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid

After a less than impressive season from Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao, Chelsea’s striker woes seem to be persisting.

The French international striker would undoubtedly make an impact at Stamford Bridge, as he is capable of playing through the middle, as well as out wide.

This versatility makes him far more appealing to Conte than the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gonzalo Higuaín, as Griezmann would easily adapt to Conte’s 4-2-4 formation.

Nevertheless, it will be difficult to pry Griezmann from Atletico Madrid’s hands, who has told various sources that he is happy with the Spanish giants.


Victor Moses

He was always going to be a squad player as he lacks the same level of class as others in his position, such as Eden Hazard and Willian.

Since that time, he has spent three seasons on loan, so he hasn't been afforded the opportunities he probably feels he deserves. Those loan moves have varied in success.

At Liverpool, he didn't achieve much, but he did restore his reputation with Stoke City in 2014/15. Last season with West Ham United saw him contribute to the Hammers' impressive form.

Moses signed a contract extension with Chelsea last summer, which keeps his transfer value up, so now is the time to exploit that, giving the former Crystal Palace man a permanent transfer so Chelsea can use the money they make to strengthen the squad.

Selling Moses would do nothing to weaken Chelsea's position as he has not been a part of the squad. Making money through his sale would only strengthen Chelsea in the long term if the funds are used effectively.

Loic Remy

Chelsea started 2015/16 with three injury-prone strikers. Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy being tasked with scoring the goals at Stamford Bridge.

Only Costa lived up to his billing in the scoring stakes, and when he was injured or suspended, Chelsea struggled as Falcao and Remy were often unavailable, or simply under-performing.

When he's fit, Remy is a talented and capable goal-scorer, however, those times are few and far between.

At 29, Remy offers little to strengthen Chelsea’s attack. Given how often he played in the past 12 months, the Blues would have been better off giving a youngster a chance to build up his experience and make inroads at the club.

Remy did little for Chelsea last season, and Conte needs players he can rely on. Unfortunately for Remy, his injury record over the past two seasons, suggests that he fails to fall into this category.

John Obi Mikel 

John Obi Mikel was a big part of Guus Hiddink’s setup upon his return to Stamford Bridge as interim manager. He was utilised in midfield to stop Chelsea's run of losing games, shoring things up defensively.

As much as Hiddink was a temporary solution to Chelsea's troubles, so to was Mikel. If the Blues are to advance their game and progress to where Conte will want to get them, they will be better off without attempting to do it with Mikel.

The Nigerian isn't dynamic enough in midfield, and when he was tested by the best teams last season, he didn't always prove himself to be up to task. He is too laboured and slows Chelsea down in attacking positions.

Indeed, it was those qualities that helped Chelsea become more solid in 2015/16. Slowing down the game and making the Blues tighter is exactly what they needed at the time. Now, they want to break free of those shackles and impose themselves once more. It's not enough to play with the intent of not losing; Chelsea need to chase victories.

That's not going to happen with Mikel. The club should make the most of his renaissance by cashing in on it while they can, using the money to bring a different sort of player to the club. Allowing Mikel to leave would also free up squad space for emerging talent.

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