Chelsea may have just been crowned as the Champions of Europe for a second time, but in order to properly challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, the club will need to address some areas of their squad.
A few positions have been identified as ones that need further strengthening – primarily up-front and central defence – and with the backing of owner Roman Abramovich likely, they’re bound to get at least one or two of their desired targets.
There are also plenty of players going to the rescheduled Euro 2020 – which starts tonight – who could be of interest to the Chelsea hierarchy.
Here are seven names who may be worth a closer look for the Blues.
Niklas Sule – Germany
The 25-year-old’s contract at Bayern Munich expires in the summer of 2022 and the Bundesliga giants could be tempted to sell the defender this summer if a sufficient offer comes in.
Chelsea have just extended Thiago Silva’s current deal by one year, but the 36-year-old isn’t getting any younger and the club will need to think about a long-term replacement sooner rather than later.
If Sule were to join, he’d be a welcomed addition to the already strong German contingent at Stamford Bridge.
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Ben White – England
White has been linked with a move to west London in the past, but now might just be the right time to tempt Brighton with an offer.
He’s been impressive since returning to the Seagulls after a successful loan spell at Leeds, and given that he can play as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, his versatility could be of use to Thomas Tuchel.
The MEN report that Brighton have set a price of £50million to sign the 23-year-old.
Raphael Varane – France
With just one year left on his remaining contract, Chelsea and Manchester United have been encouraged to sign the Los Blancos defender this summer.