While a club that wins the UEFA Champions League is declared the best in Europe, it is rare they stand still. Liverpool are one of the few examples of a team not building after European glory and still progressing. Chelsea, though, are unlikely to follow the example of their rivals. Though talks with Achraf Hakimi have likely died out, there are some very intriguing names being mentioned as potential signings. Indeed, there has been talk that the Blues might commit well in excess of £100 on two Premier League proven stars this summer. Who are Chelsea being linked with?
Traore is believed to have had fans at Stamford Bridge for years, but his rebirth at Molineux with Wolverhampton Wanderers has been stratospheric. Now, the Spain international regularly plays for his country, and has shown more than enough in his time in England to earn a move to one of the elite of the English game.
Reporters close to the club suggest that with a move for Hakimi dead, Traore will be next in-line. It would be an exciting move, offering another pacey wing-back with an eye for goal and who would offer more power on the break. Given how well the Chelsea team is set up to dominate and to counter attack, Traore is another two-way player who is equally suited to either style of play. Naturally, this has fans excited about what comes next – a real powerhouse wide option on the right-hand side.
Though the right wing-back slot was one shared by numerous names last year, it is believed that Tuchel wants a de facto first choice for every position and sees Traore as the ideal pick to challenge for if they have to pull out of any move for Hakimi.
Long linked with a move to Chelsea again, former academy boy and boyhood Chelsea fan Declan Rice will likely be targeted again. Seen as the ideal choice as he can play in midfield or in a back three, Rice would offer Chelsea a consistent option in midfield. It would also open up the chance to move on two inconsistent first-team options in Mateo Kovacic and, somewhat controversially, Jorginho.
The former has struggled to ever really show his best form in England, while the latter has been noted on more than one occasion as eyeing a move to Italy again. Though both players for under contract for the long-term, the arrival of Rice would allow for one – or both – names to be moved on, giving Chelsea a different midfield make-up compared to what they have at this current moment in time.
As a hard-hitting defensive midfielder who can read the game and contribute offensively, Rice would be the ideal long-term addition. In fact, his arrival would have shades of the arrival of Frank Lampard; a long-term option that the midfield could be configured around as an ever-present for much, if not all, of the next decade to come.