Chelsea have enjoyed a spectacular summer transfer window and seem more than ready to challenge for the 2014-15 Premier League crown, but that doesn't mean speculation surrounding the Blues' transfer activity will stop anytime soon.
The club has no need for extra signings, but if the right player becomes available, there's no reason for Chelsea not to pull the trigger on a deal. Several players could still leave Stamford Bridge as well, with a number of rumours picking up steam in the past week.
Let's have a look at the latest buzz surrounding the Blues' transfer activity.
Abola (h/t to Metro) believe the Blues could make one more splash signing before the end of the transfer window by adding Sporting's William Carvalho to an already stacked group of midfielders.
The Portuguese star is widely regarded as one of the world's brightest talents at the holding midfielder position, and his performances during the 2013-14 season and the 2014 World Cup backed up his reputation. A reported price tag of £35 million is no surprise, and Abola claim the Blues are ready to deal.
Arsenal are also interested in the player's services, per Metro, and the Gunners have a clear need at the position. Chelsea do not, and while it's never a bad idea to invest in youngsters with world-class potential, it's difficult to envision Jose Mourinho moving for Carvalho at such a high cost.
BundesligaVAVEL's Marco Conradie agrees:
There surely isn't any truth in reports linking Chelsea with Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho with Nemanja Matic at the club.— Marco Conradie (@MarcoConradie10) August 19, 2014
Nemanja Matic has a stranglehold on the holding midfielder position, and new arrival Cesc Fabregas has arguably been the club's top performer over the course of pre-season and the first Premier League fixture.
Carvalho is too good to play in a back-up role, and clubs don't spend £35 million on a player only to send him out on loan. While this wouldn't necessarily be a bad move for the Blues (Carvalho is a phenomenal player, after all), it seems highly unlikely Chelsea will actually pursue the midfielder at such a cost.
Goal.com's Wayne Veysey understands Paris Saint-Germain will be the first club to move for Petr Cech, who could leave the club after losing the starting position in goal to Belgian international Thibaut Courtois.
Mourinho told Sky Sports he hopes the longtime Blues' starter will remain at the club and fight for his spot, but it is believed the right offer could tempt the club into a sale.
The Portuguese manager said: "I hope he doesn't want to go and I hope he doesn't have offers to go and if he does have offers he refuses to go. I would be delighted to have two of the best goalkeepers in the world in my squad."
Courtois has developed into one of the world's best at the position during his time with Atletico Madrid, and as the younger player, it is unlikely Chelsea will do anything to risk alienating him. Cashing in on Cech makes sense in that regard, although the Blues should hold out for the right offer.
PSG are reportedly facing competition from AS Monaco and Real Madrid, per Veysey, and Monaco in particular have a need for a world-class stopper as they prepare to challenge Les Parisiens for the Ligue 1 title.
The Blues don't have to sell Cech at this particular point in time, but his transfer value will never be higher than it is today. If the right offer comes along, don't be surprised if Chelsea cash in.
Atletico Madrid were reportedly interested in the services of the World Cup hero, but Andre Schurrle himself told the London Evening Standard's Simon Johnson he has no intention of leaving the club:
No, I am not going anywhere. I am very happy at Chelsea. This is where I want to play and this is where I want to play for the fans.
I enjoyed the World Cup a lot, so I got out of that with a lot of confidence. I came back to Chelsea, and obviously had a very short break. I was only two and a half weeks at the ocean and could relax. But from then zero to 100 – I am hungry, I want to achieve something with Chelsea.
Schurrle was one of the club's breakout performers in the second part of the 2013-14 season before enjoying a lot of success as a super-sub for Germany at the 2014 World Cup, and big things are expected in 2014-15.
Atletico's interest shouldn't come as a big surprise, but the Blues have no reason to move the 23-year-old other than to comply with the Premier League's quota on foreign players.
Other players seem more likely candidates to move first, however, as Schurrle gets ready to really make his mark at Stamford Bridge in his second season as a member of the Blues.
Goal's Ives Galarcep also believes Schurrle is on for a strong season:
Schurrle playing with confidence. His World Cup success should propel him to a big year this year.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) August 18, 2014
The forward isn't quite as untouchable as Eden Hazard, but the difference may be smaller than some people think. Mourinho gave him the start against Burnley for a reason, so don't expect Schurrle to be leaving the club anytime soon.