Chelsea will find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being without John Terry next season, but there are a number of quality defenders on the market who could replace their captain.
One of these is Medhi Benatia, with the 29-year-old having a less-than-stellar time since his move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014.
The Moroccan international has only made 25 Bundesliga appearances during his two years at the Allianz Arena and recently described it as the “most difficult two years” of his career.
Clearly, the centre-back would welcome a move and Bayern would probably be open to it too, given his lack of action, while if the Blues made a move for him, they would be getting a quality player.
Benatia played 33 Serie A matches in the 2013/14 season for Roma and was an integral part of a side that got the the capital club’s record points total.
Rudi Garcia’s team only let in 25 goals during that campaign and the current Bayern defender saw the outfit breached just once in his first ten appearances.
Furthermore, Benatia would be able to make up for the loss of goals from set pieces that would go along with Terry, with the French-born player scoring five times during Roma’s historic season.
His links with the Serie A outfit also suggest that he would slot in nicely with incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s plans.
If gossip columns are to be believed, the Italian boss wants to bring a number of Roma players with him to Stamford Bridge.
Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan continue to be linked with a move to west London and it is clear that Conte is an admirer of the Giallorossi, who came the closest to unseating Juventus during the dominant three seasons under the Italy boss.
Furthermore, Pjanic and Benatia formed part of the spine for the 2013/14 Roma side and a reunion is sure to be beneficial.