Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are still hoping to do plenty of business before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
The Blues appeared to be heading into crisis mode on the opening weekend of the season, losing 3-2 at home to Burnley.
However, last season’s league champions followed the shock defeat up with impressive wins over Tottenham and Everton.
Chelsea have thus far completed the signings of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero.
Despite that, their Italian coach has made it clear that he still expects the board to deliver multiple signings before the window closes.
They’ve lost a number of key first team players over the summer, including John Terry, Nemanja Matic and potentially Diego Costa.
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are hoping to complete five important deals by the end of Thursday’s Transfer Deadline Day.
Yesterday, the Blues had a reported £35m bid accepted by Arsenal for 24-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The versatile Arsenal midfielder is set to negotiate personal terms with Chelsea today but Liverpool are still reportedly interested in the England international.
Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater is also expected to move to Stamford Bridge over the coming days.
The 27-year-old former Manchester United academy player will provide back-up in the central midfield area following the surprising summer sale of Matic.
Chelsea also hope to sign Ross Barkley from Everton but face competition from rivals Tottenham.
Barkley, currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, has been put up for sale by Ronald Koeman and is widely expected to move to one of the London clubs before the deadline passes.
Swansea striker Fernando Llorente is the final target, with Chelsea hoping to wrap up a deal for the 32-year-old Spanish striker.
He played under Conte at Juventus and would arrive as back-up for star signing Morata.
Perhaps Michy Batshuayi would leave on loan if they are successful in their bid for Llorente.
The fifth piece of business Chelsea hope to complete is the sale of Costa to Atletico Madrid.
Costa, 28, has been pushing hard for his departure over the last few weeks but could yet join Everton on loan until January because of Atletico’s transfer embargo.
Speaking after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton, Conte had a message for the board.
“There are four days to go in the transfer market,” said Conte. “I think the club is working very hard to try to improve our squad.
“Don’t forget when we start, next month, in September we have to play seven games. I need to rotate my players because it’s very difficult to play seven games in a month with some players.”
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Chelsea closer to Ross Barkley transfer after further talks over £30m Everton star
Chelsea look closer to signing Ross Barkley after holding further talks with the Everton star, who is expected to complete a transfer to either the Blues or Tottenham in the coming days.
The England international has just one year remaining on his contract at Goodison Park, and is now looking more than likely to finalise a move away before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed he expects Barkley to leave this summer, and it now looks as though he will choose between Chelsea or Spurs this week.
Reports over the last few days have claimed the 23-year-old has been in talks over a £30million switch to Chelsea, with Antonio Conte looking to bring in as many as three more players in a late spending spree.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Drinkwater are also expected to move to Stamford Bridge as Conte looks to boost his squad’s homegrown player quota.
According to the Daily Mail, Barkley has held further talks with both London clubs, and his future is closer to finally being resolved after a lengthy saga this summer.
Everton already look to have replaced the attack-minded midfielder by bringing in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney this summer, though could live to regret the sale if Barkley fulfils his tremendous potential.
A regular in the Toffees squad since he was a teenager, Barkley has long been tipped as one of the most exciting prospects in the country, though he has struggled for consistency.
Moving to a bigger club could be just what he needs to advance his career, though it doesn’t look immediately obvious that he’d be a regular for either Chelsea or Tottenham.
Still, Barkley’s versatility, which has seen him play a variety of defensive or attacking central midfield positions, as well as out wide, could mean he has a chance of becoming a useful option for both clubs.