Despite a dramatic upturn in results since the arrival of Guus Hiddink, the Dutch custodian is expected to depart the club in the summer, and make way for Antonio Conte.

The Italian enjoyed enormous success with Serie A giants Juventus, winning 3 back-to-back Scudetti.

Following his departure from Juventus, the Italian took over the Azzurri and led them to the top of their Euro 2016 qualification group. Despite a successful tenure so far, the Italian FA announced he would leave the role after this summer’s Euros, fuelling speculation that he will take the Chelsea helm.

Following a disappointing season, Chelsea will need to dip into the transfer market and ensure the new coach has the right players to get the club back where they belong, at the top of the table.

1Antoine Griezmann

It’s safe to say Falcao and Pato have not worked out, and the latter was always a somewhat mystifying signing. With Pedro also failing to live up to the promise Chelsea need a superstar striker to add extra menace to the forward line.

Griezmann has excelled at Atletico Madrid, and has developed into one of La Liga’s best forwards. While the Spanish club would be reluctant to sell, the lure of the Premier League and Chelsea may prove too much to resist.

2Marquinhos

Last season John Terry was the best defender in the league, but it now seems as age has finally caught up with the legendary centre-back. While it’s a hot topic amongst fans, many feel it is time for a new face, and with Marquinhos airing discontent at his play time in Paris, he has emerged as a prime candidate.

At just 21 years of age, the Brazilian has already proved his ability in Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Champions League, and considering his place in the PSG pecking order, would not break the bank if Chelsea came calling.

3Riechedly Bazoer

The 19-year-old sensation has been tipped to join a whole host of top European sides this season, with pundits likening him to David Alaba, Patrick Viera and Frank Rijkaard. Praise indeed.

In terms of play style he is reminiscent of Busquets at Barcelona, a deep lying playmaker who can control the tempo of the game.

It was reported that Ajax accepted an offer of £20 million from Napoli in the January transfer market, but the young Dutchman opted to stay in Holland to further his progression.

Considering his potential as a long term stalwart of the Chelsea midfield, and his relatively modest price tag, a move for Bazoer looks like a shrewd move.

4Neymar

Ok, we’re getting overly ambitious now, but if anyone could revitalise Chelsea, it’s the player who is on course to be the best in the world, once Leo Messi retires. The Brazilian sensation has lit up La Liga this season, combining well with Messi and Suarez, however the endless financial troubles thast haunt him in Spain could push the Brazilian to seek pastures new.

The main issue with any bid for Neymar is his price tag, the young Brazilian is amongst the best paid athletes in the world and bringing him to any club not on requires prising him away from Barcelona, but also meeting his wage demands.

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Eric Berko-Mensah
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Add M’baye Niang to the list of players Chelsea must pursuit 2016/2017.

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