With no manager and rumours of countless transfer targets up front, the team could look drastically different by the time the season starts.
Here we look at five players who could be finding their way to Stamford Bridge in the near future.
Carlos Tevez is far and away Manchester City’s best player. The top scorer at Eastlands last season, City will be loath to lose him. However, with Tevez being reported as saying he will not be returning to the club, City need to seriously contemplate losing their captain.
The price tag will be monstrous. A figure of £50 million ($81.53 million US ) is not out of the realm of possibility, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is one of the few who could afford it.
His temperament is another issue, though. No team wants to spend £50 million on a player who will get in a mood and sulk if he is benched in favour of Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres.
Reuters reported last year that Pastore would be on the move, with Chelsea and Barcelona interested in the 21-year-old midfielder.
He would command a similar fee to Tevez, although Palermo would probably settle for £40 million ($65.23 million US).
With the Metro reporting that the Blues are willing to match Santos’ £30 million ($48.92 million US) asking price for Brazilian striker Neymar—and that Roman Abramovich is willing to pay him £70,000 ($114,000 US) a week to play in England—there is a strong possibility Chelsea will land the 19-year-old.
Santos cannot afford the youngster, who has impressed at the club level despite being left off the Brazilian 23-man roster at the 2010 World Cup.
With Roman Abramovich wanting—and willing—to spend a lot to lower the average age of the squad in the summer transfer window, Everton’s Jack Rodwell is a real possibility.
The 20-year-old has shown great promise at Goodison Park and will be a target not only for Chelsea, but for Spurs and both Manchester United and City.
Additionally, he is English, and with UEFA’s new regulations requiring at least eight homegrown players, Abramovich will take them when he can get them.
With pictures appearing in The Daily Mail last year of Romelu Lukaku in a Chelsea shirt, it appeared the Blues were close to signing the Anderlecht striker.
Lukakuhas been targeted by several clubs, but his agent has denied any move is on the table. However, it does look as though Lukaku is destined to end up in London next season.