Top talents on the Stamford Bridge radar.
Jose Mourinho is set to change Chelsea’s squad quite a bit this summer and the Portuguese manager has already got to work with the signings of Andre Schurrle and Marco Van Ginkel. Mourinho will continue to re-shape the Blues squad especially in midfield, where Chelsea were incredibility strong during Mourinho’s last spell at the club. Here at Chelsea’s top five midfield targets this summer.
5- Julian Draxler- Schalke
Draxler is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe at the moment and has already made 6 appearances for the German national team. He looks set to be a major part of Germany’s first team for many years to come and has already expressed a desire to be playing at next summers World Cup in Brazil. His club future is not so certain however, with many teams hoping to convince Draxler to leave Schalke and join them. Chelsea are understood to be the most interested in the 19 year old and have been monitoring his progress for quite some time. Reports have suggested that Chelsea have already approached Draxler about a move to Stamford Bridge this summer but the midfielder is thought to want to stay at Schalke and continue his development. He is concerned that he won’t get enough first team football if he were to move to Stamford Bridge and that could hinder his chances of playing in next summers World Cup.
However, Chelsea have plans for Draxler and might be able to persuade the German to join them by guaranteeing him first team football. Some reports have said that Chelsea could see Draxler as a replacement for Juan Mata, who has been linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer. Speculation has mounted that Mourinho is set to cash in on the Spaniard and spend the money on his own transfer targets and Mata has reportedly become unsettled at the speculation surrounding his future. Should Mata leave the club, Chelsea will need a replacement and they see Draxler as a player who could occupy the play-maker role for many years to come, forming part of the spine of Mourinho’s new team at Chelsea. The Blues will face competition for the signing of the German midfielder, with Real Madrid and Manchester United also showing interest. All three clubs may have to wait until next summer before they can approach Draxler however, unless the 19 year old has a change of heart about his future at Schalke