Chelsea may not be making wholesale changes to their squad this summer, but there are certainly set to be big-money deals. Two of those look likely to involve David Luiz exiting Stamford Bridge and Diego Costa arriving in West London.
According to Nick Lustig of The Daily Star, a £32 million deal has already been agreed between the Blues and Barcelona for the transfer of Luiz:
According to reports in his native homeland, Luiz has agreed to join Barca on a five-year-contract and an official announcement of the deal will be made after this summer's World Cup.
With such a huge transfer fee on offer, this is no great surprise. The Brazilian has made just 15 Premier League starts since Jose Mourinho returned to the Stamford Bridge dugout. Reports have been circulating about his exit ever since Mourinho preferred to pair John Terry and Gary Cahill at centre-back, and now it seems that the time has come for Luiz to leave.
According to Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC, it seems that cash will not stay in the Chelsea bank balance long. The exact same sum of £32 million is thought to be what the Blues are about to spend on Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. Delaney even suggests that the prolific frontman has already told his team-mates at Atletico that the transfer is complete.
Per David Wright in The Daily Express, Mourinho is not looking to completely overhaul his squad at Chelsea this transfer window. As few as two signings could be brought in, although that would alter if a player were to leave:
"Next season if we do our work in a successful way in the summer market, which I know the club is trying to do, then if we do that I want to start day one saying we are going to fight for the title," said Mourinho.
"We don't need a new spine, a new structure. It is there.
"The fundamental for us now is a couple of players of a certain level to help the team immediately go to a different level.
"After that the additional is if someone has to leave then someone has to come. Our work in the summer is not a big amount of work, it is just the right choice."
One striker thought to be leaving Chelsea this summer is Romelu Lukaku. However, former assistant manager at Stamford Bridge Ray Wilkins believes Mourinho would be making a mistake to let the Belgian go, per Dom Bryant of talkSPORT: "He has to come back to Chelsea in my opinion. This young man is the closest thing you’ll see to the 'Drog' [Didier Drogba] at such a young age."
The defensive brilliance of the Blues is unquestionable; conceding just 27 goals in 38 games is an immense achievement. But to push on to the next level, they must find a striker or combination of strikers to find the net regularly.