A complete mess
Yes it has been a complete mess at the moment and there is hopefully some light at the end of the tunnel… but it has been a looooooooooong tunnel.
Sarri is still expected to be the man in charge of the club next season, but at the moment Conte is still the head coach.
So it is something that still needs to be sorted, while the issues come down with paying of Napoli (still) and paying compensation to Conte (still).
Meanwhile, as reported by The Times, Conte still believes that he is the one to take the pre-season as he is still employed by the club.
Sarri should be the one taking over… eventually.
Rumours have died down
Last month Malcom was one of the hot topics of potentially coming to Chelsea, however that has really died down at the moment.
Willian moving on, however, is really gathering pace and it does seem that a move is on the cards. Selling to Barcelona is the number one choice, rather than going to a direct Premier League rival.
But selling to Manchester United has been done before and if the price is right then that could be an option.
A winger would be a necessary signing, with Pedro also maybe on the move this summer, with Leon Bailey still another name in the mix, and of course Dries Mertens as well.
A move to Madrid would suit him
Thibaut Courtois has made it pretty clear that he would like a move back to Madrid, where his two children live.
That is more than fair enough and with one year left on his deal I don’t think you can blame him at all for wanting to spend time with them.
The deal is not just based on him though. A switch to Atletico is unlikely unless they sell Jan Oblak.
However, Real are looking for a new shotstopper and it could be between him and Alisson, with the Blues keeping an eye on the Roma shotstopper as well.
Golovin not the only
Aleksandr Golovin seems to be the closest, but not the only, transfer that will be going ahead for Chelsea, and you could well see a made rush of incomings.
The Russian has had a great World Cup and is on the radar, but still being in the World Cup means that transfer news has to be put on hold for now.
Could spend the money elsewhere
Gonzalo Higuain was a terrific striker, but I’m not sure Chelsea should be spending big money to buy him at the moment. It feels like a signing to appease the incoming of Maurizio Sarri, but something that is generally against club policy.
The striker is 30 now and to be honest during Argentina’s dire World Cup, Higuain didn’t look like his old self and didn’t really impress, along with the others.
The money you feel could be better spent elsewhere and working with Alvaro Morata to have him have a better season than last season.
He’s the man in charge
Antonio Conte is still the man in charge, so he should be the man preparing pre-season for the upcoming campaign, whatever the situation is with Maurizio Sarri.
The players that did not go to the World Cup are expected to be back for pre-season in the next few days, so the managerial situation really needs to be sorted out.