With Chelsea’s rumoured transfer ban on the horizon, the speculation on who the club might sign has been coming thick and fast.
It is widely believed that Chelsea are looking to sign a big money player before the sanctions would be imposed, and a number of names have been circulating in the rumour mill, including players from both the Premier League and from further afield.
While it might be easy for the Blues to hit the panic button over the situation, there are a number of quality players that Chelsea could look to sign if they were willing to break the bank.
Hazard’s potential move away to Madrid is another concern Maurizio Sarri and his team, so strengthening and solidifying the team with some hefty transfer fees would be high on their to-do list.
With so many names being thrown into the hat, the question remains: who is Sarri’s best option?
Arnautovic joined West Ham from Stoke in 2017, and has since established himself as a top talent in the Premier League.
Temperamental at times, the Austrian is an explosive talent, capable of beating anyone on his day. He has already scored five goals in 11 games this season, and with the likes of Pedro, Willian and Barkley providing him with chances, Arnautovic could step up even more.
The West Ham man would command a slightly cheaper transfer fee than some of Sarri’s other options, but it would still cost a large sum to prise away the Hammers’ prize asset.
Arnautovic’s agent (and brother) has already claimed that the striker is tempted by a move to Stamford Bridge, and the player could help facilitate the move across London by forcing the transfer through.
The Austrian would need no time to adapt to the league or the country and is a proven talent in England, however, he does not quite have the world-class pedigree of some of the other names touted.
Transfer Rating: 2.5/5
Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek was largely an obscure name before this season, but has exploded onto the scene in Serie A with Genoa.
Piatek has scored 13 goals in 13 games in all competitions for Genoa, and has notched more goals in Serie A than a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
This blistering form has seen the striker linked with moves away to Champions League sides, and Chelsea are reportedly interested.
The Pole’s young age and considerable talent would make him a hot prospect for both the current season and for the future.
However, the lack of experience would be a worry for Sarri, and with a number of huge clubs tracking Piatek’s progress, the player would not come cheap.
Transfer Rating: 3/5
Mauro Icardi is another name that has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
Icardi, 25, has been rated in and amongst the top strikers in the world for a few seasons now. This season looks to be no exception, as the Argentine has scored 10 goals in 13 games so far.
Despite Inter Milan’s rich history, they aren’t currently one of the world’s top sides, and Icardi may feel his talent is slightly wasted in a club that isn’t challenging for the Champions League title.
Icardi would cost Chelsea a pretty penny, but his traditional striker style of play could see him thrive in the more physical Premier League, and the player would certainly be tempted by a move.
To pull off such a signing would be a big coup for Chelsea, and would signal a massive statement of intent to the other teams in the league.
Transfer Rating: 4.5/5
Paulo Dybala is one of the top talents in world football, and has made his mark both in Italy and on a European stage.
The 25-year-old Argentine has had a slightly slower start to the season than he is accustomed to, scoring six times in 14 appearances for Juventus.
Dybala has been linked with Chelsea for some time, as well as other giant clubs in Europe. Often touted as the heir to Messi’s throne, should Dybala signal his intent to leave the Old Lady, there would no doubt be a massive war for the Argentine’s signature.
Dybala has relative youth on his side and is already established as a world-class talent, and is just about to enter his prime. He may view Chelsea as more of a sideways step than a forward move, but with Dybala leading the line, Sarri’s side could definitely argue their place as contenders both domestically and continentally. If the opportunity to sign Dybala should arise, Chelsea would be wise to take it.
Transfer Rating: 5/5
Callum Wilson is currently in the form of his life, which has lead to him being linked to a range of top clubs, including Chelsea and Liverpool.
Wilson, 26, has just earned his first cap for England, and has already scored six times and assisted four time in the Premier League for Bournemouth.
An added bonus of signing Wilson would be his precious home-grown status, helping Chelsea fill their quota of players trained in the UK.
Wilson is a fluid and powerful player that can score with both feet and his head, and could fit Sarri’s attacking system very well.
Wilson is familiar with the league and it’s defenders, and could hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge. There would be doubts over his pedigree, but for a relatively reasonable fee he could be worth the risk.
Transfer Rating: 3/5