Chelsea Uncovered: Diego Costa plan, three could leave, transfer plans revealed

We take a closer look at Antonio Conte’s side.

Targets
Eleven games left in the Premier League season and Chelsea have a 10-point lead. We look on course for a second title in three seasons and a first under Antonio Conte.

But, there are still tricky league games to come at home to Manchester City and away to Manchester United. It is not over yet, but on this form the fat lady is warming up.

And then there is the FA Cup. Get past our old boss Jose Mourinho and Manchester United on Monday and the double – which Carlo Ancelotti also won in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge – is well and truly on.

Positives
Just about everything, under Conte’s firm meticulous grip. Wing-backs Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso are working well, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are back to their best, Pedro has found a new lease of life, and even Cesc Fabregas is full of beans despite spending most of the season on the bench. Positives all over the place.

Problems
Chelsea have had problems in the air at the back but we coped pretty well with Andy Carroll at West Ham. Still occasionally vulnerable though.

Transfer plans
Conte will look to strengthen his midfield in the summer despite reports that Nemanja Matic is in line for a new contract.

Fabregas, if he is not promised more game-time, could move on. Roma’s Radja Naingollen is a long-term target but he is likely to be too expensive.

Franck Kessie from Atalanta is more likely. He will look to bolster his defence – Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson are both on the radar.

And in attack, if Costa goes and with Michy Batshuayi also likely to move on, Real Madrid’s Alavaro Morata is the favourite to arrive while Swansea’s Fernando Llorente is linked.

2 Comments

  1. If Costa leaves i prefer Alvaro Morata to Fernando Llotente, he is still young and dynamic his scoring goals rate is high if given more playing time. Remember what he did in Italy with Juventus, right now Zinadine Zidane is misusing him although in few minutes he is given the chance he still scores important goals for Madrid. He fits for our future plans to dominate England Premier and EUFA Champions League as well.

  2. We have to hold on to our first 11 and fabregas. Tammy, baker, brown and Christensen should bolster the squad. Morata , Arturo Vidal/ Naingolan , Koulibaly/Rudiger/Bonnuci should be our primary targets. Michy, RLC, Zouma can be loaned out.

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