The summer transfer window is officially open and it should be a busy time for Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel considers an overhaul.
Todd Boehly’s consortium have completed a £4.25m takeover of Roman Abramovich to mark a new era for the club, which is set to begin with a summer of big spending.
The Blues finished third in the Premier League last season, but in a campaign that held so much promise, there was plenty of disappointment.
They lost in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals, while suffering late heartbreak to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Reports suggest Tuchel will receive £200million in funds to step out and add to his squad.
Not only will there be multiple arrivals, but a number of departures have already been confirmed, with defenders Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all out of contract.
Rudiger has joined Real Madrid, while Christensen and Azpilicueta are also expected to travel to Spain and sign for Barcelona.
Marcos Alonso is also said to be keen to leave Stamford Bridge and wants to join his Blues team-mates at Camp Nou.
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Meanwhile, various reports have claimed that Chelsea are in talks with Inter Milan over Romelu Lukaku’s possible return to Italy on loan.
Overhauling his defense will be an obvious priority for Tuchel this summer, with the Blues losing up to four key players.
Sevilla star Jules Kounde is a long-term target and this summer could finally be the time he moves to west London.
The 23-year-old was denied a move to Stamford Bridge last summer with the Spanish club unwavering in their transfer demands.
They are believed to be asking for a fee of around £51m this time around.
Further up the pitch, Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move from Man City this summer.
The England star has just one year left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium and could seek a new opportunity ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with Chelsea “confident” a deal can be agreed.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are also among the clubs reportedly interested in signing Sterling, while a return to Liverpool has also been mooted as a possibility.
With Lukaku likely to head for exit again this summer, after just one season, it opens the door for a new striker to be signed.
Gabriel Jesus is another name linked with a move to Stamford Bridge from Man City, with the Premier League champions wanting around £50million.
With City signing Erling Haaland, the Brazilian striker’s chances would be limited. Arsenal have also expressed interest in signing him.
Possible line-up of Chelsea next season:
Tuchel favors a 3-4-3 formation at Chelsea, and Koundé would easily step in alongside Thiago Silva, who signed a one-year extension, and young defender Trevoh Chalobah.
Ben Chilwell will be back from injury and will be a huge boost for the Blues at left-back, while Reece James will line up on the right.
N’Golo Kante had been linked with a possible exit but those rumors have died down and he will likely resume his partnership with Jorginho in midfield.
Sterling, Jesus and Mason Mount would form a solid top three, with Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz also pushing for a starting spot.
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