When you have won the Premier League as convincingly as Chelsea did last term, it is easy to sit back and rest on your laurels, but improving the squad from a position of strength is generally the best way to ensure sustained success.
This is not something that the Blues managed to achieve after their previous title triumph back in 2014/15, with Pedro being the only really significant addition to their ranks that summer.
Lessons will undoubtedly have been learned by those in the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge, so several new faces are expected to walk through the doors in the next few weeks.
According to reports in the Daily Star, one player who is interesting the West London outfit is Vitolo, with the Spanish international said to have a £35m release clause in his contract.
Most comfortable operating in wide areas, but also able to play more centrally if necessary, the 27-year-old has been a model of consistency since arriving at Sevilla:
|POS: MID||AGE: 27Y 7M|
|HEIGHT: 6FT 0IN||WEIGHT: 12ST 6LB|
In three of his four La Liga campaigns for the club, the Canary Islander has made a direct contribution to ten goals or more, whilst he has averaged just short of 30 top-flight appearances per season.
Three times a Europa League winner with his current employers, Vitolo is not your typical Spanish midfield player by any stretch of the imagination, bringing a real energy and directness to the table:
|27Y 7M||AGE||28Y 10M|
|6FT 0IN||HEIGHT||5FT 9IN|
|12ST 6LB||WEIGHT||12ST 6LB|
|LL | SEV |||| CHE | PL|
|08/13 - 06/17||08/13 - 06/17|
It is possible that Antonio Conte sees the 27-year-old as a viable alternative to Willian when it comes to providing competition for the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro, with the two men producing very similar numbers over the course of the last four top-flight campaigns.