Although the blues strengthened their side considerably in the Summer, it would not come as a surprise if American owner Todd Boehly decides to add some more firepower to the side by agreeing on deals in January for some free agents to join them.
The Inter Milan defender is no stranger to links to the Premier League, as that has been the case for a long time now. but a transfer has never materialised. His contract at Inter Milan runs out in the summer, and the Slovakian could prove to be a bargain for the blues as they are in the market for a centre-half with Thiago Silva’s contract at Stamford Bridge set to expire at the end of the season.
One name that has consistently been linked with a move to West London is Rafael Leao, who has just featured at the World Cup for Portugal, where he put in decent performances off the bench and managed to score two goals for them on their way to the quarter-finals where they were knocked out by the Atlas Lions of Morocco. Before the tournament, the winger notched seven goals and nine assists in 20 appearances in total across all competitions for Milan this season stats like that have meant that he continues to attract plenty of attention and interest from big clubs all around Europe.
According to a post by German journalist Florian Plettenberg on Twitter, Leao has no intentions of extending his current deal at Milan, which is set to expire in 2024, and Chelsea is one of three clubs battling it out for his signature.
It is claimed that talks were held in Qatar over his potential signing, with Milan having rejected an initial offer of €70m (£60.1m) for him, and only interested in a trigger of his release clause of €150m (£128.8m) before they will sell.
Although it is London rivals Arsenal that has been long-time admirers of the striker, he is also seen as a potentially interesting option for the blues. With a decent amount of experience at the highest level at the relatively young age of 25, he is viewed by some at the club as having the ability and physical attributes to do a job for the blues. It remains to be seen if a formal bid will be put in, to tempt France International to make the move over to Stamford Bridge.