Chelsea had a solid 2012-13 season, but it will need to make some big-time additions in order to continue competing at a high level. There are some high-level targets for the summer, but not all of them will be heading to Stamford Bridge.
The squad will have to be smart with the money this offseason and make sure the transfer budget is spent in the right places. It cannot afford to throw around money without getting quality in return.
As a result, Chelsea have focused on a few key players in recent weeks. Here are the latest updates on the most notable targets.
It originally seemed as though Edinson Cavani was excited about a potential move to the EPL when he said it would be "a great honour to join one of the illustrious teams," referring to Chelsea or Manchester City.
However, it now seems as though the Uruguayan star has another club on his mind. According to Mark Irwin of The Sun, Cavani's father recently said:
The intention of Edinson is to play for a team like Real Madrid. That is desire and his preference. When he speaks to his family, our son tells us he wants to play for Real. But if he says that publicly it might make a bad impression at Napoli.
He is excited about it and is willing to see it through so hopefully they will agree a deal. Who wouldn’t want to play for Real Madrid?
James Dickenson of The Express reported that the club has made a bid £45 million bid for Cavani, although this number might not be enough to get the 26-year-old talent.
The Napoli forward led Serie A with 29 goals last season. If Chelsea are interested in acquiring the player, it will have to fork up a lot more cash.
Like Cavani, Robert Lewandowski has proven that he can score at a high rate. The Borussia Dortmund striker finished second in Bundesliga with 24 goals, as well as a few huge performances in the UEFA Champions League.
These performances against high-level competition is what truly got the attention of squads like Chelsea and others.
According to Jason Burt of The Telegraph, Lewandowski becomes the top target if the club decides that Cavani is out of their price range:
A more recent addition to their considerations has been Lewandowski after Dortmund announced they would not sell the Poland striker to Bayern Munich.
United have been pushing hard for the 23-year-old, who is priced at £25 million even though he has just one more year left on his contract, but their interest has cooled meaning that Chelsea might make their move.
This could all be for naught as Jack Wilson of the Daily Star reports that Lewandowski is set to stay put and join a new club next summer. However, Chelsea should keep their eyes on the situation just in case.
One year after transferring to Zenit, Hulk is ready for another move. This is a good thing for Chelsea, according to David Kent of the Daily Mail:
Chelsea target Hulk wants a move to Stamford Bridge but has asked for negotiations to be postponed until after after the Confederations Cup.
He is also wanted by Monaco but wants his club Zenit St Petersburg to accept Chelsea's £34.9million offer.
There are some questions about the 26-year-old's form after making the move to Russia. However, it is clear that he simply is not enjoying the situation. On Brazil, you can still see what made the player so sought after to begin with.
In his last two full years with FC Porto from 2010-12, Hulk scored 39 goals in 47 league matches. He still has that ability, he simply needs to be in the right situation.
With Chelsea, he will get plenty of scoring opportunities and should be able to make the best of it.
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