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Chelsea Summer Transfer Rumours: 5 Midfielders Linked to the Blues

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIINovember 16, 2016

Chelsea Summer Transfer Rumours: 5 Midfielders Linked to the Blues

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    Chelsea's midfield will be shaken up next season, and there are a number of players linked with a move to the London side.

    Frank Lampard is set to stay at the club for one more year, according to Sky Sports, and that's certainly positive news.

    Still, the club needs another option or two for central midfield and the attacking midfield roles.

    Marko Marin may leave the club after a disappointing debut season, and Yossi Benayoun will be on the way out as well.

    Here are five midfielders linked with the Blues.

Sami Khedira

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    According to the Mirror, Jose Mourinho would look to bring Sami Khedira to Chelsea after he completes negotiations for a return to the club.

    Khedira has grown as a player under Mourinho's tutelage at Real Madrid and is one of his constant first-team selections.

    The German midfielder would bring plenty of energy to the Chelsea midfield and would be an important player on both ends of the pitch. 

Arda Turan

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    According to the Express, Arda Turan has been linked with a move to Chelsea. 

    The Turkish attacking midfielder would be a luxury signing for Chelsea, considering the wealth of talent they have to play in his preferred attacking midfield position.

    Turan's versatility is what would get him time on the pitch, as he is capable of playing on the wings.

Xabi Alonso

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    Xabi Alonso was one of the first Real Madrid players rumoured to be joining Jose Mourinho upon his return to Chelsea. 

    Chelsea currently has no players that possess similar traits to the Spanish midfielder in a deep-lying role.

    Alonso has played a major role for Mourinho with his ability to dictate play as one of the two central midfielders in a 4-2-3-1 system.

    Former Barcelona youngster Oriol Romeu may come closest, but he has seen little action this season.

    The player himself has downplayed these rumours (Marca via The Telegraph), so a move is unlikely.

Josip Ilicic

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    In early May, talkSPORT reported that Palermo attacking midfielder Josip Ilicic was a target for Chelsea.

    Back then, Palermo sporting director Giorgio Perinetti stated the club wished to hold unto key players like Ilicic.

    More recently, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claimed that he expects Ilicic to leave after the club was relegated to Serie B, according to Sky Sports.

    Playing for Chelsea may be a step up for Ilicic, but considering the competition he'd face, it may be a bad move for his career.

    Like Turan, he is versatile and can even play as a forward, but a move elsewhere would suit him better. 

Marouane Fellaini

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    Chelsea have been linked with Marouane Fellaini all season, and in March the Express reported the Blues are looking to make a move for the player this summer.

    Fellaini would be comfortable in all three central midfield roles for Chelsea.

    He could play as a box-to-box midfielder, fill John Obi Mikel's role as a more static, defensive presence or provide an alternative option to the club's diminutive attacking midfielders.

    The Belgian midfielder has 12 goals and seven assists in all competitions for his side.

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