Chelsea were just crowned the Champions of Europe. However, there will be no time for the Blues to rest on their laurels as they hope to build a new side capable of challenging for the big trophies again next season.
As a result, a host of new names have been linked with Blues in the last few months with big-spending a very likely outcome this summer.
With the above in mind, below are how Chelsea’s XI could look like next season if some of the transfer rumors come into reality.
Option 1: Most Plausible
CFC XI: Mendy, Chilwell, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Varane, James, Kante, Rice, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku.
Matt Law of the Telegraph has linked Chelsea with Declan Rice and the midfielder has been a target for a few transfer windows now.
Moreover, Chelsea will sign a striker this summer and a possible return of a former Blues striker in Romelu Lukaku seems likeliest with Thomas Tuchel reportedly keen on bringing the Belgian back.
Lastly, the Blues could possibly also improve their already solid defense with Real Madrid center-back Raphael Varane a potential option for Chelsea.
If these targets are met, this would definitely be quite the complete line-up for Chelsea next season.
Option 2: Erling Haaland Era Begins
CFC XI: Mendy, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Crhistensen, Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, Azpilicueta, Werner, Mount, Haaland.
The Borussia Dortmund forward could be the signing that makes Chelsea a force to be reckoned with for decades.
However, Haaland is also likely to cost a lot of money for the Blues which would see them have to make do with what they have available to them otherwise.
At defense, Christensen and Rudiger’s improvement along with Cesar Azpilicueta’s resurgence could allow them to make this signing and have another successful season before adding other options into the mix.
Option 3: A Total Formation Change
CFC XI: Mendy, Chilwell, Rudiger, Varane, James, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Sancho, Werner, Kane.
If Roman Abramovich decides to break the bank, Chelsea could bring in Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane. And all three would seamlessly walk into the starting XI for the Blues.
However, Sancho would necessitate Tuchel reverting to a back 4 and he could wreak havoc down the right, alongside Reece James and Harry Kane.