Chelsea's Biggest Summer Transfer Window Needs Following Third Place EPL Finish

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Chelsea's Biggest Summer Transfer Window Needs Following Third Place EPL Finish
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It's going to be a busy summer at Stamford Bridge.

Not only will Chelsea be employing a new manager, outgoing interim boss Rafa Benitez has hinted at the club spending lavishly in order to usurp Manchester United and Manchester City in the title race.

Following Chelsea's Europa League victory over Benfica on Thursday, Benitez said he expects the Blues to spend in excess of £100 million (via The Guardian) on new talent, but where will it be spent?

As ever, Chelsea have been linked with a host of big stars. Rather than recruit players with box office billing, though, the Blues need to be intelligent when signing players they need as opposed to those they want.

This is a Chelsea team already bursting at the seams with young talent, and with some minor tweaks and strengthening in key areas, they will undoubtedly have a bigger say in where the Premier League title resides in 12 months.

The prospect of £100 million being spent on players sounds an exciting one, but if it's not spent wisely, the Blues could very well find themselves enduring another difficult campaign.

With the domestic season now officially over, Bleacher Report takes a look at the key areas Chelsea need to address if they're to improve on their third-place finish of 2012-13.

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