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Top 5 Players Chelsea could sign this summer

The Blues are gearing up for a busy summer transfer window after confirming the Ziyech and Werner deal. Lampard’s Chelsea are favourites for the top-four finish and a place in the Champions League. So, the Blues will try to strengthen themselves in the upcoming transfer window. Here we take a look at five players Chelsea could sign this summer. While some of them will most certainly not happen and are more of a dream move but these players have been linked with the club in the past and can bring quality to the squad.

1. Philippe Coutinho

Position – Left Winger, Left Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder

Club – Bayern Munich (on loan from FC Barcelona)

The 27-year-old Brazilian’s career has been on a downfall since leaving Liverpool in 2018. After spending 1.5 seasons at Barcelona, he was sent on loan to Bayern Munich. Now it looks like the Bavarians won’t activate his release clause and Coutinho is set to return to Camp Nou after this season. The Catalan giants want to get rid of him and are willing to take a massive loss on him. The Brazilian can play in multiple positions in the midfield and can also play on the left-wing if needed. He can easily fit in behind Tammy and ahead of the pivot. Despite him flopping at Barca, he is a hot prospect and will be a quality addition for the club. He also offers a lot of goals while playing from midfield. Coutinho’s agent has already said that the player will not play for Liverpool’s rival clubs and that’s why London can be a good destination for him.

2. Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz (born 11 June 1999) is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or right winger for Bayer Leverkusen and the German national team.

Upon making his debut for Leverkusen in 2016, Havertz became the club's then-youngest ever debutant in the Bundesliga and he became their youngest ever goalscorer when he scored his first goal the following year. He is also the youngest player to reach the milestones of 50 and 100 league appearances in the German top-flight.

Havertz made his debut for Bayer Leverkusen on 15 October 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute for Charles Aránguiz in a 2–1 Bundesliga loss to Werder Bremen. Upon entering the field of play, he became the club's youngest ever Bundesliga debutant at the age of 17 years and 126 days, although his record was broken by 111 days by Florian Wirtz in 2020.

On 17 February 2017, he assisted teammate Karim Bellarabi to score the 50 000th Bundesliga goal. Four days later, following the suspension of teammate Hakan Çalhanoğlu, he was handed his first Champions League start in the first leg of a round of 16 loss to Atlético Madrid.

On 14 April 2018, Havertz became the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga to reach 50 appearances at 18 years and 307 days old, breaking the record previously held by Timo Werner. He went on to end his second full campaign with the club with 30 league appearances and three goals to his name as Leverkusen ended the season in fifth place.

3. Ben Chilwell

Benjamin James Chilwell (born 21 December 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Leicester City and the England national team.

Chilwell was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and attended Redborne Upper School and Community College. He is a product of the Leicester City academy and won their Academy Player of the Year award at the end of the 2014–15 season.

After featuring for the club in pre-season under new manager Claudio Ranieri, Chilwell was given the number 30 shirt ahead of the 2015–16 season. He made his professional debut on 27 October 2015 in the club's League Cup match against Hull City. Chilwell played the entire match as Leicester lost 5–4 on penalties following a 1–1 draw after extra time.

On 19 November 2015, Chilwell joined Championship side Huddersfield Town on a youth loan until 3 January 2016. He made his debut in the 2–0 home loss to Middlesbrough nine days later.

On 28 July 2016, Chilwell signed a new contract with the club until 2021. On 26 December 2016, in the 2016–17 season, he made his Premier League debut in a 0–2 home defeat to Everton. Chilwell received praise for his performance. He made 19 total appearances across the campaign, including two in the UEFA Champions League, and scored his first career goal on 18 May 2017 in a 6–1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

4. Declan Rice

Declan Rice (born 14 January 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or centre back for Premier League club West Ham United and the England national team.

On 16 December 2015, just over a year after joining West Ham United at youth level, Rice signed his first professional contract with the club. Rice received his first call-up to the West Ham senior squad for the games against Sunderland and Everton in April 2017, after impressing in the under-23 team. He made his senior debut against Burnley on the last day of the 2016–17 Premier League season, coming on as a 91st-minute substitute for Edimilson Fernandes in a 2–1 away win, five days after captaining the under-23's to promotion with a 2–1 win at Newcastle United. His full senior debut came on 19 August 2017 in a 3–2 defeat at Southampton.

In April 2018, Rice was named as runner-up for the 2017–18 Hammer of the Year award behind Marko Arnautović. On 22 December, he made his 50th appearance for West Ham, the first player to do so while still a teenager since Michael Carrick. On 28 December, Rice signed a new contract until 2024 with the option of an additional year. On 12 January 2019, Rice scored his first goal for West Ham and was named man of the match in a 1–0 win against Arsenal, in West Ham's 50th Premier League game at the London Stadium. On 20 April 2019 Rice was named on the shortlist for PFA Young Player of The Year award, which was eventually given to Rice's England teammate Raheem Sterling on 28 April. At the end of the 2018–19 season, he was named the Players' Player of the Year and won the award for Individual Performance of the Season, for his match winning game against Arsenal, and was named the Young Hammer of the Year for the third consecutive season.

5. Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak (born 7 January 1993) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Slovenia national team.

Oblak signed for Portuguese club Benfica at the age of 17, and was part of the team that won the domestic treble in the 2013–14 season. He then moved to Atlético Madrid for a fee of €16 million, becoming La Liga's most expensive goalkeeper at that time. In 2015–16 he won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper, conceding an all-time record low of 18 goals. He won the award again in the following three seasons. Oblak was also nominated for the 2017 and 2018 Ballon d'Or awards, following his consistent performances with his club.

With over 250 appearances for Atlético Madrid, Oblak has won three trophies with the club, including the 2018 UEFA Super Cup by defeating city rivals Real Madrid.

Oblak made his senior international debut for Slovenia in 2012.

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