Chelsea are expecting a late flurry of activity during the transfer window after seeing their disappointing start to their title defence knock them back a peg or two.
Perhaps it’s naive to go into a new season with a largely similar squad, as it is notoriously difficult to retain a championship as a number of off field transgressions have highlighted that not all is right at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have managed to bring in two players already this summer in the way of Abdul Baba Rahman and Pedro, who has snubbed a move to Manchester United to link up with Jose Mourinho’s men.
Chelsea made moves earlier in the summer to sign Radamel Falcao on loan and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for £8m, replacing Didier Drogba and Petr Cech, respectively, but they didn’t actually strengthen.
Pedro’s arrival has since cast doubt over Willian’s future, while Stones, should he come in, could replace John Terry sooner rather than later after the veteran stopper was brought off at half time during the recent clash with Manchester City.
Likewise, Branislav Ivanovic also faces a difficult campaign, as Cesar Azpilicueta could move over to his natural right-back slot, leaving new signing Abdul Baba Rahman to take over on the left.
Below, should everything go according to plan, is how we believe The Blues could line up from September onwards.
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