With the summer transfer window reopening in the coming weeks, Chelsea are expected to be one of the busiest clubs to do business.
Having observed a FIFA-imposed registration ban last summer, the Blues also went the January window without any additions to their first-team squad.
Significant investment has already been made in bringing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to the club, but what options would require less expense and are already accustomed to English football?
Frank Lampard’s side are likely to pay attention to signing a new goalkeeper, central defender and left back this summer.
This list of players outside the top-flight in England who could be on the Blues radar this summer.
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Marek Rodak (Fulham, goalkeeper)
The Slovakian moved to Craven Cottage as a 16-year-old but this has been his first season in the first-team following multiple loan spells. Now aged 23, Rodak has impressed with his agility and distribution although there remain question marks over his aerial ability and command of his penalty area.
David Raya Martin (Brentford, goalkeeper)
Blackburn Rovers signed the Spaniard as a 17-year-old and he established himself as one of the Championship’s top goalkeepers before joining Brentford last summer. With sharp reflexes and ability to block shots from close range, Raya has the potential to make it at a Premier League club and would be a more-than-adequate number two at Stamford Bridge.
Dillon Phillips (Charlton, goalkeeper)
It was a tough season for the Addicks back in the Championship which ultimately ended in relegation back to League One. Many clubs across the top two divisions will be interested in goalkeeper Dillon Phillips, who performed admirably across the entirety of the campaign. Aged 25, he has spent the entirety of his career at The Valley but was one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship and looks to…