Premier League side Chelsea are facing issues on numerous fronts. Owner Roman Abramovich is having a personal situation with the British government despite his huge investment in the nation. His visa issues will likely not affect Chelsea’s status in the top flight and the club ownership is not likely to change hands soon.
Former coach Antonio Conte is reportedly dragging Chelsea to the court after being fired without appropriate compensation for him and his coaches. After dragging for long with Napoli the Blues finally paid up and brought new coach Maurizio Sarri. The club has brought in Jorginho, with links to Aleksandr Golovin and now Bernard.
There is a strong possibility that the club would lose three of its prized assets in Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian in a summer. Despite a brilliant run in Conte’s debut season, last season was below par for Chelsea even though they won the FA Cup.
Willian is attracting several interests in England and Spain. Courtois is the most likely to exit as Madrid are reportedly willing to sign him and make him their first choice. For Hazard the new manager is hoping to convince him to stay, after a brilliant audition at the World Cup with Belgium.
There are other situations that Sarri would need to quickly resolve like the David Luiz problem with his abilities, injuries, and being frozen from the team. There is the need to sort out last season additions Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and even Tiemoue Bakayoko who barely made an impact.
In the striker role, Sarri would need to take decisions and rework the team if he wants to play the kind of attacking football he is known for. There have been links to Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain but nothing concrete yet. The aging defence also needs a look-in.
Bernard is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk as a free agent. The 25-year old Brazilian prefers a move to Chelsea despite interest from West Ham, Monaco, Benfica and others.
Sarri has a big job on his hands but the club seems willing to forge ahead.