New reports making rounds are claiming Premier League clubs Chelsea could complete the signing of Jorginho from Napoli in a £57m deal this summer.
Based on this assertions, we take a look at how Chelsea could lineup for this upcoming season under incoming boss Maurizio Sarri next season.
Antonio Conte with Chelsea, last season, make used of 3-4-3/3-5-2 formation during the last two seasons but the incoming Italian gaffer may consider reverting to a more traditional 4-3-3 setup, which has provided fruitful results during his time at Napoli.
Belgium’s No. 1 Thibaut Courtois has been Chelsea’s mainstay between the sticks since breaking into the first-team four years ago and he should be given the nod to remain in this position next season. Although, this won’t be for a longer term as Courtois has just 12 months to run on his current deal with Chelsea.
At the backline, Cesar Azpilicueta should revert to his preferred right-back position with Marcos Alonso playing in the other full-back area. We should then seen a combination of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger playing at the heart of defence, though Rudiger’s could likely be replace by Juventus’ Daniele Rugani if the Italian finally joins the Blues this summer.
This spot has been the major talks since the summer and this would likely see Jorginho and N’Golo Kante playing in the central midfield positions with Kante utilizing in a more defensive role. We are backing former Arsenal and Barcelona Cesc Fabregas to start just ahead of them with the Spaniard’s ability to make incredible passes to the frontmen.
And further forward, Eden Hazard and Willian should both start on the left and right wings respectively for the upcoming season but the Brazilian’s future at Stamford Bridge remains under question. The Brazilian has been out of favour under Conte this past season but the arrival of a new head-coach may tempt him not to leave.
The fight on who would be the lone striker between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata remains to be seen but Morata could start with a strong pre-season under his belt. The latter has been criticised for his inability to finish clear-cut chances last term but could transform into a more influential player, having experienced a full season in the Premier League.