With the summer transfer window looming, it’s been a busy one for recruitment.
It’s a busy summer.
The biggest moves to date were announced on Saturday when England announced they had secured the services of their second-highest scorer from last season, Ashley Cole, with a fee understood to be in the region of £12m.
Cole has been a key part of the side this season, scoring 21 goals in 34 appearances for England, and his arrival is expected to boost the squad for next summer’s World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Brazil.
However, there is also the possibility that the 24-year-old could be sold, and that’s something that will undoubtedly be looked at.
On the day Cole left, there was speculation in the English media that the club were preparing to make a £15m move for Real Madrid winger Gonzalo Higuain, who was also a target for the Blues.
The Blues are expected to make an offer in the vicinity of £20m, but it is unclear what the price would be and whether that will happen in time to lure Cole away.
The future of captain and leading goal scorer Gareth Bale, however, is also still a matter for discussion, with the Welshman set to join Inter Milan, and he is understood to have a buy-out clause in his contract worth up to £20.5m.
The Welshman has been linked with a move to Barcelona, but is now expected to sign a contract extension at Tottenham, with Bale likely to leave the London club for around £100,000 a week.
It remains to be seen whether any other departures will take place, with Spurs already losing a player to a transfer from Liverpool, while another is expected.
Chelsea are also expected to complete a deal for Tottenham midfielder Kyle Walker, who joined from Southampton in the summer of 2017.
However Chelsea’s interest in Walker has also been fuelled by the arrival of the England Under-21 international, who is the highest paid player in the club’s history.
Walker was a key figure in Chelsea’s FA Cup-winning campaign last season and, with England set to face Russia in the 2018 World Cup, he will be keen to return to Stamford Bridge and further cement his position in the team.