The Blues finally have a new owner in American Todd Boehly and reports suggest he will sanction ‘heavy investment’ when the takeover is officially complete.
Quite what that looks like is anyone’s guess.
However, some people don’t need to ‘guess’ because they claim to have information about what Chelsea are going to do.
Step forward, Mr Richard Keys.
The former Sky Sports presenter has made a claim that Chelsea could be making three massive English signings this summer.
He writes: “Here’s one to keep an eye on. What I’m about to say will be met with the usual rebuttals – big how many times have we been proved right in this blog?
“I keep hearing Chelsea want to go again – and build an English spine through their team. The new owners will want to make a statement and this might just be it.”
So which English players will Chelsea sign?
First up, is Harry Maguire.
“They need a centre-back. Harry Maguire? What would he cost? £40/50 million? I’m pretty sure he’d jump at the chance of a new start,” Keys said.
Next is the slightly more realistic signing of former Chelsea academy player, Declan Rice.
“The obvious one in midfield would be Rice. Kante has all but run himself to a stand still. Rice would be a perfect replacement. Would West Ham sell? Of course they will if the money is right. I’d give you £150m for him all day long. If Rice pushes hard it might not take that much,” Keys added.
But the best came next. Which English striker could Chelsea sign? Tottenham’s Harry Kane, of course…
“So who do they go for up front? Tuchel wants rid of Lukaku – that’s pretty obvious. But to where? Who’s got the most out of him during his career? Correct – the guy at Tottenham. So if Conte can be persuaded to stay – and he fancied working with Lukaku again – what could Spurs do to get him? They wouldn’t want to pay anything like Chelsea did for him. So – what about a player exchange? Two players worth £50m a-piece? An English spine at Chelsea I said. So Son or Kulusevski wouldn’t interest them at The Bridge. That leaves one option. Yep. England’s No 9. Let’s see,” Keys explained.
Keys knows how unrealistic his prediction is but claims ‘he keeps hearing it’ so shared it with us lucky people.
“A modern transfer is difficult enough – but three of that size in one summer would be incredible. I keep hearing it though – which is why I’ve shared it with you,” he concluded.
If the unthinkable really does happen, Chelsea would have a pretty ridiculous XI. So, we thought we’d humour Keys for just a few minutes and work out how they would line-up if Keys is actually right.
Chelsea’s XI if Keys is right
Is that XI good enough to win the title?
Defensively the Blues look poorer if anything. With Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen set to leave the club this summer, the signing of Maguire does very little to make up for that. The Manchester United captain has had a tough campaign at Old Trafford and would have some very big Rudiger-sized shoes to fill.
With Keys saying Rice is Kante’s replacement, we’ve paired the West Ham man with Jorginho – although Matteo Kovacic or Ruben Loftus-Cheek could also do that role.
A front three of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Kane is exciting – although the Spurs man would probably want wingers with pace around him.
Right, let’s stop humouring Keys now because this simply isn’t going to happen.