Chelsea is one of three clubs in with a chance of landing Europe's most talked about transfer target this summer, Eden Hazard.
The Lille offensive midfielder's agent claimed on Wednesday that agreements had been reached and Hazard would soon make a decision. Now the Belgian has admitted that it is a straight fight between Chelsea and Manchester rivals United and City for his signature.
I do not know when a decision will be made about my future club, Hazard said while on international duty with Belgium, according to Sky Sports.
It will be between Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
The final choice also depends on how much play that I would get and the position where I play.
Not everyone can say that he can choose from these three clubs.
The Blues also look like they'll have to beat off Premier League opposition to secure another of their major targets this season, Hulk.
Stamford Bridge has widely been viewed as the Porto forward's next destination for some time. And this could be the summer were a deal takes place, with the Portuguese club set to soften their stance over his departure. A fact confirmed by the player's agent, Teodoro Fonseca.
There are four other English teams interested in signing him, besides Chelsea., he said, according to Sky Sports.
Porto are a big club, with great facilities and a big status in Europe. The problem is the Portuguese League. Hulk won everything at Porto except the Champions League.
He dreams of winning it and establishing himself at the national team. In order to achieve that, he has to jump to a more competitive league, we admire the Premier League.
The Brazilian could be just one part of a new look attack at Chelsea next season. With Didier Drogba having confirmed his exit from the club this summer, an orthodox No. 9 is also thought to be high on the Blues' list of priorities.
With the incoming Uefa financial fair play regulations, even a club of Chelsea's wealth may have to be prudent in the transfer market. And the club could pick up a bargain striker in Demba Ba. The Telegraph reports that Ba has a clause in his contract at Newcastle allowing him to leave for as little as £7 million.
A paltry fee for a player who has proved himself with 16 Premier league goals last season. If the Magpies fail to renegotiate the deal then Chelsea, along with other rumored interested parties, Manchester United and Tottenham, could make their move when the transfer window opens next month.
But Ba is far from the only striker being lined with a move to Stamford Bridge. The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea is interested in CSKA Moscow frontman Seydou Doumbia, despite his apparent £26 million price tag.
The Ivory Coast international scored 26 goals in the Russian Premier League in the past season and added five more in seven Champions League appearances.
After proving a reliable goalscorer in Russia and previously in Switzerland with Young Boys, the 24-year-old has admitted he would welcome a move to one of Europe's big leagues this summer. But it would be a major gamble for Chelsea to lay down such a large fee for a player with little experience at the top level and the move appears unlikely at this stage, especially with the other options out there.
As well as striker, Chelsea could also be looking to fill a long-time void for a regular right-back. Especially with Jose Bosingwa being told that he will be released from his contract this summer.
One name being linked who could add pace and attacking verve not provided by converted center-back Branislav Ivanovic is Ajax's Gregory van der Wiel. The Dutch international has been linked with a move to Chelsea and TalkSport has claimed that the Blues will compete with Real Madrid and Liverpool for the 24-year-old's signature this summer.
In an interview with Goal.com, published on Thursday, Van der Wiel admitted that he is eager to leave Amsterdam this summer.
I feel for me it's time to go, I want to make a step to a bigger club, he said. But now I'm just going to focus on the European [Championships] and see what comes.
Maybe [Euro 2012 is a showcase for me] but I think big clubs already know how I can play and what my skills are. I'm not feeling like this is a show, a final show, but of course if you play well at the European's it helps a lot.
There are two competitions that I like the most, England and Spain.