A disrupted season this year for Chelsea FC has resulted in much reflection from Chelsea fans and pundits alike. Finishing fourth in the English Premier League on goal difference, the Blues finished with 66 points after all 38 games were played to a conclusion, winning 20 of them.

One thing is certain, finishing 33 points adrift of the first time Premier League Champions Liverpool, which is essentially 12 wins short of their supposed rivals, Chelsea FC’s summer transfer business is seen by many to be crucial if they are going to pose any realistic challenge themselves to Liverpool’s title defence when the new season resumes on 12th of September. Given the recent worldwide epidemic, this results in significantly less time this summer than in past seasons to make new recruits and really embed them into the first eleven.

Speaking to BonusCodeBets whilst discussing free bet offers, John Barnes has spoken out on the Blues chances next season and he has suggested at present they have a really long way to go if they are to ever challenge for the Premier League crown again and believes this to be certainly the case for the upcoming season. He states; “I definitely feel like Chelsea can challenge for the top four again next season, but I don’t necessarily think they can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool just yet.”

One transfer target that Chelsea FC have made no secret over their intentions, is the left-back Sergio Regulion from Real Madrid. Despite their interest however, it is thought that the left-back will likely have numerous options this season such Real Madrid be willing to let the LB move on, with the likes of Napoli and also English sides both Arsenal and Everton are suggested to have Regulion on their radars. It should also be taken into account that Regulion was voted the best left-back in LaLiga last season after impressing on loan at Sevilla. With all these factors taken into account, whether the Blues see a move for Regulion as realistic remains to be seen.

Perhaps a more unlikely addition to the Blues this summer would be Lionel Messi, who, admittedly looked dejected after the 8-2 thumping Barcelona had to withstand against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Barcelona are surely ready for approaches in the summer, but unless Messi signals his firm intentions to leave then a transfer probably remains unlikely; and Chelsea probably would not be at the top of the Argentinians new club wish list.