Chelsea face the twin battles of defending a Premier League title and dealing with European football next term. But Antonio Conte is set to spark a huge spending spree, with Romelu Lukaku one of several targets who look nailed-on to join the Blues.
The Belgian has enjoyed a hugely successful stint at Everton since leaving West London, netting 87 times over the course of four seasons. But now he looks certain to join Antonio Conte’s ranks, at odds of 1/6 to return this summer.
Another man priced up at 1/6 is outgoing Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero, with Chelsea now looking certain to beat Newcastle United to the Argentine’s signature.
That duo are likely to be joined by Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, with the rock-solid defensive midfielder 1/5 to head to SW6 this summer, following an outstanding campaign for the Ligue 1 winners.
Meanwhile, Juventus left-back Alex Sandro could be on course to bolster the Blues on the flanks, with 8/11 on offer for the Brazilian to swap Turin for the English capital.
However, our traders think it’s unlikely that Antonio Conte will look much beyond those targets, with 1/3 on offer for the club to add Under 5.5 first-team players to their ranks in the coming months.
A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Chelsea’s shirt-printers will be kept busy this summer, with a host of star names set to head for West London, including a certain brilliant Belgian.”
Ladbrokes Latest Betting:
Chelsea – Summer 2017 transfer specials
To sign Romelu Lukaku – 1/6
To sign Willy Caballero – 1/6
To sign Tiemoue Bakayoko – 1/5
To sign Alex Sandro – 8/11
To sign Radja Nainggolan – 3/1
Number of first-team players signed
Under 5.5 – 1/3
Over 5.5 – 11/5
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing