As we enter the business end of the Premier League season, clubs around the country will be anxiously anticipating different scenarios ahead of the summer months. 

The summer will provide a chance for teams to reassess their final league positions and to map out how to better it the following year. 

For Chelsea, the only way is up after an abysmal start to the season left the club in disarray and no choice but to axe former manager Jose Mourinho for a second time. 

For others, such as Leicester, the only way is - seemingly - down. The Foxes top the league and are well on course to produce the biggest shock in the Premier League era. 

As the season heads into the final stages, we look at what business Chelsea's Premier League rivals have done and how they may shape up next season. 


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The Premier League champions are set for wholesale changes after what has been a mediocre season, and the sacking of Jose Mourinho has left Chelsea fans disenchanted. 

With Ramires already out the exit door, and Chelsea considering an offer from China for Oscar, the revolving door may get into full swing with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa also linked with big moves to Spain.

Antoine Griezmann is just one who have been linked with a move to the club, and the Frenchman will signal the start of a rejuvenated squad with John Stones still heavily linked to the club and Matt Miazga, who joined at the end of January, likely to be involved. 

The Stamford Bridge club will also be looking to replace interim manager Guus Hiddink, with Massimiliano Allegri the most recent candidate to be rumoured with the club.

European football may be beyond their grasp, and without the distraction of Europa League or Champions League for Chelsea next season, the Blues could find themselves back at the top end of the table. 

Manchester United

Successful duo: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Jesse Lingard celebrate

United are still reeling after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal has hardly raised the bar following the poor tenure of David Moyes. 

Whether van Gaal will still be in charge next season seems dubious at best, with former Blues man Jose Mourinho having spoken with the United hierarchy, and Mauricio Pochettino also linked. 

The signings of Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial haven't kick-started United as they were expected to, and subsequently the manager faces the chop sooner rather than later. 

The successful incorporation of Jesse Lingard and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from the academy into the first team means the duo are likely to play a part next season. 

Talk of Barcelona star Neymar joining the club are exceedingly unlikely, with Watford's Odion Ighalo a more plausible target. 

David de Gea is facing an exit to Real Madrid after his contract proposal was leaked - a contract which offered the Spain international a whopping £175,000 per week.

Raphael Varane and Aymeric Laporte are two names linked with United as the Red Devils look to rebuild after another poor season. 

Manchester City

Triumvirate of targets: Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar

The blue side of Manchester will be overwhelmingly different after last week's confirmation that Pep Guardiola will take charge of the club. 

Guardiola will not only change the personnel at the club, but he will seek to change the entire style of how they play. 

The likes of the ageing Yaya Toure and Martin Demichelis could be on their way out as former employee Sergio Busquets and Serge Aurier have been mooted for a move in. 

Former United academy product Paul Pogba has also been linked with City in a big-money move from Juventus, while Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski has also been backed to follow Guardiola to Manchester. 

The serial winner has been linked with the entire Barcelona forward line, and with City's enormous financial muscle, it wouldn't be the least plausible outcome that they acquire at least one of them. 

Guardiola looks set to reinvigorate a City team which lacks the consistent edge to win back-to-back titles, and turn them into a dominant powerhouse. 

With Chelsea keen to return to the top of the league, City should prove to be their biggest threat. 


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Jurgen Klopp's men are already in the Capital One Cup final at the end of February and will consider this season to be a positive after the poor start with Brendan Rodgers at the helm. 

The German failed to really make inroads into the transfer market in January, after a failed pursuit of Brazilian midfielder Alex Texeira. 

He will be looking to make changes though, with the likes of Christian Benteke failing to regularly perform and Danny Ings falling to a season-long injury, while the injury-prone Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move away from the club. 

There have been signs of the changes he has made however; Liverpool are clearly beginning to incorporate the high-pressing game that was so successful at Borussia Dortmund. 

They have been linked with defensive reinforcements in the form of Joel Matip and with an imminent overhaul of the side, the Reds should prove to be a much stronger outfit next season.

Barcelona's German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been linked with a move to Anfield, while Lazio winger Antonio Candreva is also a target. 


Gunning for glory: Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal against Bournemouth, but has been linked with an exit

Arsene Wenger's men will consider this their best chance to claim their first Premier League since 2004 - but Leicester and Spurs will also back their chances. 

Klopp and Guardiola have both moved to new clubs while Mourinho is being sounded out over a move to Old Trafford - leaving Wenger safe from the axe for longer yet.

But the Gunners will still seek to improve their squad, although Dimitri Payet seems off the cards after West Ham have entered talks over a renewed contract with the French midfielder. 

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has been linked with the Gunners and Liverpool, but whether another midfielder is the priority for Arsenal remains to be seen. 

Mesut Ozil has been mischievously linked with a move to China after the Super League has been splashing out on Premier League players, but Arsenal are not be expected to relinquish their best players ahead of next season.


Looking forward: Dele Alli will play a big role for Spurs next season

Likewise, Pochettino's men will try to challenge for league glory in this Premier League season - and build on it next. 

With a talented squad, including young England internationals Dele Alli and Harry Kane, Spurs will be keen to establish themselves at the high end of the Premier League while the likes of United and Chelsea are stumbling.

They will be keen to keep a hold of Pochettino, for starters, as the Argentine manager has been linked with a move to Old Trafford next season. 

And Spurs will focus on keeping the core of their successful side - with Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Alli and Kane down the centre.

They have been heavily mooted with a move for Fulham's young striker Moussa Dembele, who will be out of contract and available on a cut-price move. 

And Daniel Levy has also been reported to have negotiated a first refusal agreement with West Brom for Saido Berahino, who could also move to White Hart Lane in the summer. 


Leaders: Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy celebrate Leicester's success against Manchester City

The Foxes currently lie five points clear at the summit of the Premier League - how they will shape up next season is anybody's guess.

Manager Claudio Ranieri, originally a ridiculed choice, will most likely remain at the club. 

Star striker Jamie Vardy has just signed a new deal to remain at the club and Leicester will be eager to ensure that others follow his lead.

Even if they fail to win the league, the Foxes will most likely finish in the Champions League which is an outrageous achievement, even to the most upbeat fan.

It will mean that Leicester will have a strong chance of keeping the stars of this season - the entire first team - and also have a good stature for making high-profile transfers in the summer.

Mame Biram Diouf and former City forward Robinho were both linked to the club in January, signalling a perceived want for another striker to accompany Vardy and Shinji Okazaki.

The highly rated forward Andrej Kramaric, currently on loan with Hoffenheim, will face an uncertain future at a club which has astronomically exceeded expectations.

Kramaric originally signed for the lowly Foxes over a high-profile Chelsea to play first team football - the irony will not be lost on him.