The summer transfer window is not too far away and despite there being plenty of football to be played between now and then, that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from firing up and linking players with moves to Chelsea.
Dayot Upamecano was one of them before he made the entirely predictable decision to move from RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich at the end of the season, having been linked with a move to the Blues.
That could work out to Chelsea’s advantage however as they have been credited with an interest in Bayern centre half Niklas Sule, who will now face competition from Upamecano for a spot in Hansi Flick’s starting eleven.
Then there is, of course, Erling Haaland. The striker that everyone wants to sign this summer for Borussia Dortmund reportedly has a £180million fee slapped on his head, but he can be got for £60million next summer.
The steep tag is seemingly to warn off potential bidders come the end of the campaign but as we all know at Chelsea, if Roman Abramovich wants a player then Roman Abramovich will do his utmost to go and get him.
With finances set to be tight across Europe this summer after a season of behind closed doors football, there might not be as much cash floating around as we have seen in recent years. But that hasn’t stopped transfer rumours being flogged left, right and centre…so here’s ours!
Where do Chelsea need to strengthen?
Up front is going to be a key area that the Blues will want to get sorted this summer. Timo Werner was supposed to be the man to do that last year but he has scored just once since November 7 and hasn’t fired in the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to see Olivier Giroud as his first choice number 9 from next season, then there is Tammy Abraham as well. Chelsea’s top scorer this season has struggled with injury issues and form this season.
There could be scope for another midfielder to join this summer as well despite there being a plethora of them at the club. It could be a case of some making way, if there are offers, to bring in others.
A lot also depends on how Tuchel sets the Chelsea side up next season. If he sticks to five at the back then he’s well stocked. If he wants to move to a four then that could throw a spanner in the works for the likes of Marcos Alonso, who is clearly a better wing back than full back.
Same at centre half. There are contract issues to be sorted with Thiago Silva out of contract in the summer and Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta all at the end of their deals in 2022. Fikayo Tomori is tearing it up on loan in Italy with AC Milan too.
Who has been linked?
Erling Haaland is the man the Blues would love to sign this summer but, then again, who wouldn’t want to have the Norwegian sensation in their ranks?
Another name linked as an alternative to Haaland is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian frontman was close to rejoining Chelsea when Anotnio Conte was in charge but he ended up joining Manchester United. After two very fruitful seasons in Italy with Inter, there are rumours he could be set for a return to the Premier League and a return to Chelsea.
Centre backs Ibrahima Konate, Niklas Sule and Dayot Upamecano have been linked but as explained earlier, the latter will not be happening.
At the other end of the spectrum, Palmeiras wonderkid Gabriel Menino has been rumoured to be of interest to the Blues as well as Atletico Madrid this summer and would cost around £20million to sign.
What business will they do?
Well, who knows, it’s all hypothetical at the moment. Tuchel inherited a very strong squad from Frank Lampard and has worked wonders with it, going 14 games unbeaten but it is not his squad, it’s Lampard’s.
The German head coach will want to stamp his own mark on it and will likely be allowed to do so by Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia after his strong start – we assume. A new striker is a must this summer and will likely be the biggest priority.
A lot depends on other clubs however, as their wallets tighten, will other sides have the cash to take some of Chelsea’s players if they are made available for transfer?
Tuchel won’t want a huge squad like he has now in west London. It needs to be cut down.