Now, in Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, they have players who can fill any role from Premier League starter to domestic cup depth potentially looking for a way out. But the former title-winner arrived having just recovered from a thigh problem.
The Ivorian, who mainly plays as a box-to-box midfielder, has made 117 appearances for Nice, scoring 11 goals and assisting 23 further strikes.
Chelsea also signed Ross Barkley for £18 million in January. Since his return, he has had lots of smaller injuries which has scuppered his integration into the team.
According to the same story, Drinkwater is widely expected to seek a move away from Chelsea FC this summer after a frustrating season for the England international at Stamford Bridge.
Matic had forged a great partnership in a two-man midfield with Kante in last season's title win.
"What was working last season with Conte cannot suddenly not work this season", Desailly told the Chelsea-legend-Marcel-Desailly-urges-club-stick-Antonio-Conte.html" Daily Mail.
After going 13 games without scoring, Morata ended his drought in the FA Cup last month against Leicester. He believes that a 1-1 draw with West Ham summed up his season as he sat dejected in front of the press. Pepe Reina has been identified as a potential replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma with the 19-year-old being tipped to leave the San Siro when the season ends.
That said - whether they win the title this year or not - it seems the most likely outcome is that Maurizio Sarri will continue his work in Naples, however in football it's always wise to expect the unexpected.
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