Chelsea favourites to sign four before September 2nd

Skybet list Chelsea as leading the way to signing Juventus, Benfica, Bayern and Everton stars.

Mario Mandzukic7/4

Bayern’s Croatian powerhouse Mandzukic is definitely leaving Munich this summer, with Chelsea favourites to land his signature. Reports suggest Mourinho wants both Mandzukic and Diego Costa in an attempt to boost his firepower for a sustained Premier League push next season. 15 goals and 5 assists in 28 starts is an impressive return, and £25m is reportedly enough to land the target-man.

Ross Barkley3/1

The young Englishman is hot property this summer, with Chelsea Skybet’s favourites to pry him from Everton. Mourinho sees Barkley as Juan Mata’s replacement and is reportedly willing to use Romulu Lukaku as a makeweight in the deal. The creative talent would add long-term bite to the Chelsea midfield while also capable of replacing Lampard’s recently missing midfield goals.

Paul Pogba4/1

Described by former employers Manchester United as, "powerful, skilful, and creative," the 6ft’1’ central midfielder fits Mourinho’s reported demands for a marquee central midfield partner for Nemanja Matic next season. Juventus are believed to want £65m for the French international – a chunk of which would be covered by David Luiz sale to PSG.

Lazar Markovic6/1

A return to Atlético Madrid

El Niño was adored by Los Colchoneros, and a return to the newly crowned La Liga champions might be ideal for both parties. Torres rose through the ranks at Atlético eventually scoring 82 goals in 214 appearances for the senior side. He would no doubt jump at the chance to return home, with Atlético looking for a Diego Costa replacement. It is also possible that Torres could be used to sweeten the Costa deal.

MLS

Not a terrible option for Torres. Veteran strikers Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry are still in the limelight across the pond, albeit in a relative step-down from the European game. The potential plus points for Torres outweigh the negatives: the high Spanish speaking contingent will enable greater familiarity sooner; he will be revered and celebrated as a star of the league; and, he can demand a greater salary than likely within Europe. He’d probably bang in a few goals, too.

Inter Milan

Italian giants Internazionale are undergoing a squad overhaul, with a striker high on their list of targets. Reports suggest that Torres is their main aim, with the striker perhaps better suited to the slower pace of the Italian game. Inter technical director Piero Ausilio recently declared, “Torres’ career speaks for itself — the titles he has won and the teams in which he has played. It’s all about whether he has the right motivation and the desire to be part of a new ambitious project.”

He’s not wrong regarding the Spaniard's illustrious career. His trophy cabinet holds both a Champions League and World Cup winner’s medal – an achievement only matched by a select few.

Wherever Torres’ lands next, hopefully he can be inspired into the form of his mid-twenties, for the entertainment for football fans worldwide.

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back in March, “He has so much potential he may become one of the best players in Europe in his position.” Markovic shone against Spurs in this season’s Europa League perhaps showing glimpses of what he could bring to the Premier League.

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