The mighty Blues are back! After an awful 2015/16 campaign, the West London outfit were back to winning ways last season as Antonio Conte’s men lifted the Premier League trophy in his maiden year in England.
However, with the Sheikhs already splashing the cash for the blue half of Manchester and many more big-money deals being touted among the top tier’s big boys, Roman Abramovich will have to get his hefty cheque book out if he wants his side to stay top dogs.
This year sees the return of Champions League football to Stamford Bridge, so the need of strength in depth will dramatically increase. Season after season you hear of managers complaining about the hectic schedules and fixture pile-ups, so Conte will have to have sufficient cavalry at his disposal in order to compete. And it’s not just bodies to make up the numbers that are required. With long-serving club captain John Terry no longer in their ranks and Spanish striker Diego Costa almost certainly departing, the champions will need to bring some big characters to the dressing room.
So, who would fit the bill?