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Ousmane Dembele t risks, Edouard Mendy plan – Chelsea summer transfer window state of play

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There isn’t a single position in the Chelsea first-team squad that doesn’t require attention this summer. And with the transfer window officially open as of today, it’s time for Thomas Tuchel and new Blues owner Todd Boehly to get to work on the rebuild that is required.

It will not be easy, as Tuchel himself has accepted. “The rebuild is big,” said the German last month. “The two top clubs [Man City and Liverpool] improve their teams – and they already have teams that are very clear on which to build. A rebuild is necessary for us, and that makes it more challenging, of course.

“We have clear ideas for the profiles and characteristics of these players. But it’s not like we put a name on the list, and then we get the player. We have to convince the player, speak to their clubs, and convince ourselves this is the player [we need]. So there is normally a lot of work, and it will be the same to be competitive next season while everyone else tries to close the gap to us.”

Unlike the majority of his predecessors at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel has been given licence by Boehly to guide Chelsea’s transfer business this summer. It will be the German who makes the call as to who leaves his squad and which players are targeted in the window. And here, we break down the state of play across the squad.

Edouard Mendy is Chelsea’s first-choice stopper and that isn’t going to change next season; football.london understands a new contract is planned for the Senegal international, who is currently one of the lowest-earning members of Tuchel’s first-team squad.

Mendy’s deputy at Stamford Bridge is the world’s most expensive goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spaniard, who was signed for £71.6million from Athletic Club in 2018, made just 15 appearances last term and lost his role as domestic cup goalkeeper toward the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

“I know for sure that Kepa is not happy about the situation. He deserves to play more and he can be a strong number one,” Tuchel admitted last month. “I know the goalkeeper coaches have had these conversations [about Kepa’s future] and then we will take our time to speak with him, reflect on what is best and what the possibilities are.”

It’s understood Kepa is ready to move on from Chelsea after two seasons behind Mendy. But it will not be easy for the Spaniard to find a new home – unless he takes a significant reduction in his salary, which is around £190,000-per-week. Serie A side Lazio, managed by Maurizio Sarri, have a long-standing interest in the 27-year-old and are believed to have held talks with Kepa over a move.

Defence

It’s at centre-back that urgent attention is required for Tuchel. Antonio Rudiger has moved on to Real Madrid and he is set to be joined in La Liga by Andreas Christensen, who is understood to have agreed a contract with Barcelona. And the Dane isn’t the only Chelsea player who could head to the Camp Nou this summer.

There is an initial two-year contract on the table for Cesar Azpilicueta if he decides to bring his decade-long stay at Stamford Bridge to an end, although Barcelona would have to pay Chelsea a small fee for the 32-year-old. Marcos Alonso is also on the La Liga giants’ wishlist and the Blues are prepared to let the wing-back depart if an acceptable bid arrives.

So reinforcements are needed. Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde is expected to complete a switch to Stamford Bridge with personal terms agreed for some time. But as yet, no official bid has been submitted for the 23-year-old, who is currently away on international duty with France.

Sources have told football.london that Tuchel would love to bring Marquinhos, who he worked with at Paris Saint-Germain, to Stamford Bridge. However, the Chelsea head coach appreciates such a transfer would be near impossible. Presnel Kimpembe is viewed as a more attainable target should PSG decide to refresh their backline this summer.

Other centre-back options for Chelsea include Josko Gvardiol, Pau Torres, Jose Gimenez, and Matthijs de Ligt, who was offered to the Blues earlier in the year but is currently in talks with Juventus over a new contract.

There is an in-house option at centre-back: Levi Colwill. The 19-year-old impressed hugely on loan at Huddersfield Town last season and has a number of clubs, from both the Premier League and Europe, interested in signing him this summer either permanently or on loan. Yet Tuchel is keen to evaluate Colwill in pre-season and the academy graduate should be on the Blues’ tour of the USA.

If Alonso does get his wish and joins Barcelona, Emerson Palmieri is in line to return to the first-team set-up to offer support to Ben Chilwell at left wing-back, although Chelsea have retained their interest in Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa.

Midfielders

The long-term futures of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante remain undecided. Both are out of contract next summer and there have been no talks to extend their respective stays at Stamford Bridge. It’s why if a sizeable offer arrives for either player, Chelsea will not dismiss it. There is room to negotiate.

Juventus have long been mooted as a possible destination for Jorginho, who is currently on holiday having been allowed to leave the Italian squad early, but no bid has been made as yet. Meanwhile, Manchester United have been linked with a move for Kante but their first-choice midfield target is Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona.

football.london has been told there is genuine interest from Serie A clubs in a permanent deal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer, but any transfer would require the midfielder to take a cut on his £150,000 a week salary. The 26-year-old is also understood to be content at Chelsea and happy with his role under Tuchel.

Conor Gallagher is set to be incorporated into the first team this summer by Tuchel and is understood to want to lay down a marker in pre-season – the 22-year-old midfielder wants to ensure he plays enough football to remain in the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

In terms of a central midfield signing, the Blues had put in years of work with Aurelien Tchouameni – stretching back to his time at Bordeaux – but were unable to progress a deal for the French midfielder after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned and that allowed Real Madrid to move ahead and seal a deal.

Declan Rice remains a Chelsea target and Tuchel is a huge admirer of the West Ham midfielder, who wasn’t involved in the promotion of the Irons’ latest kit release. David Moyes has stated it would take a bid of around £150million for the Hammers to sell Rice, but it’s believed negotiations could begin if a bid in excess of £75million was submitted.

An alternative to Rice is PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, while football.london understands RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer was watched by Chelsea during the 2021/22 campaign. The Austrian, however, is expected to complete a cut-price move to Bayern Munich due to his contract expiring next summer.

Forwards

There are big decisions Tuchel faces over several of his attacking players. Romelu Lukaku is steadfast on leaving Chelsea this summer and would like to return to Inter Milan, from whom the Blues signed the Belgian for £97.5million less than 12 months ago.

Tuchel is understood to be willing to let Lukaku depart – the relationship between the pair is not exactly strong – but Chelsea will not be prepared to do the striker any favours and it will be on Inter to offer a sizeable loan fee in order for the 29-year-old to get his wish.

There are also question marks over the futures of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, none of whom nailed down a regular starting spot under Tuchel last season. And while there is interest from across Europe in the trio, nothing has been put to Chelsea in terms of an offer as yet.

One player that could arrive is Ousmane Dembele, who will be available on a free transfer this summer as his Barcelona contract expires at the end of this month. football.london understands talks have been held with the France international but no contract has been agreed upon as yet. And Paris Saint-Germain remain a threat to the Blues’ chances as their interest remains.

As reported by The Telegraph, Raheem Sterling is being considered by Chelsea. The England international has just a year left on his contract and is believed to be open to a move away from Man City if an attractive proposal is made.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus has been offered to Chelsea – and a number of other clubs across Europe – with the Brazilian keen to move on ahead of Erling Haaland’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium. Also pitched to Chelsea is Richarlison, but the Everton forward is unlikely to be pursued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea have selected five main Lukaku transfer replacements lined up amid Inter Milan loan talks

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Chelsea have their focus set on five potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports. It comes after a disappointing season for the Belgian upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

In a move that cost roughly £100million, expectations were high for the striker after his stint in Serie A. However, he managed just eight goals and one assist in 26 Premier League appearances.

Chelsea have their focus set on five potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports. It comes after a disappointing season for the Belgian upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

In a move that cost roughly £100million, expectations were high for the striker after his stint in Serie A. However, he managed just eight goals and one assist in 26 Premier League appearances.

“We demand a lot from our strikers also in terms of intensity. There are several reasons why things are like this [a lack of goals] and we are on it.”

However, that faith may have broken down since, with reports claiming that Lukaku is set for an Inter Milan return this summer. The deal is set to be a loan, with his wage covered and with a fee on top.

This would leave the Blues with fewer options for a main, goalscoring centre-forward. However, the Daily Mail claims that work is already being done to prepare for that, with five options named.

The report states that Robert Lewandowski, Richarlison, Jonathan David, Victor Osimhen and Gianluca Scamacca are all of interest to the club. All of those names have also been linked with other clubs, opening up the possibility of several transfer battles at once.

With Todd Boehly set to handle negotiations, there may still be some twists to come, though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raheem Sterling’s true transfer value revealed as Chelsea make £35million Sadio Mane demand

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Man City’s price tag of around £60 million on winger and Chelsea’s main attacking transfer target this summer Raheem Sterling has been vindicated but the Blues can still potentially save up to £17m.

It has taken a short while for Chelsea to get going in the summer transfer window following months of sanctions that prevented them making headway, but with Romelu Lukaku’s situation seemingly heading towards a positive conclusion, attention is starting to finally switch towards incomings. Although defence is the main priority in this summer’s transfer window amid fresh updates on Jules Kounde and Man City’s Nathan Ake, it is in fact another player from the current Premier League champions who could be joining Chelsea next season.

This is according to The Athletic, who report that confidence is growing between both parties that a deal can be completed in the near future which will see the player make the move that he hopes guarantees him more regular first-team football. Sterling is set to enter the final year of his contract with City, and reports do vary on the potential cost to Chelsea, with estimates between £35million and £60million.

Regardless of what fee is to be agreed upon, it is looking clear now that Sterling will become one of the first signings of the Boehly era at Stamford Bridge, with Kounde and Ousmane Dembele also strongly linked.

Whilst both still remain on course to become Chelsea players for 2022/23, The Telegraph have validated this sentiment with their updates on the situation which should progress even further once the £97.5m club-record signing ends his second London stay in favour of an early Serie A return.

Their report has also included details on the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Ake and a plethora of other defensive options still under consideration in this big squad rebuild but the price of Sterling himself was also noted. They say that around £50-60m will need to be put on the table by Marina Granovskaia if they are to wrap up these negotiations swiftly despite what looks like pre-mature reports stating that £35m could be agreed upon.

Now, whether £60m or even £50m is too steep for someone with little time left on their contract remains up for debate, but the selling club in this example have been vindicated for their price tag by the CIES Football Observatory.In their estimation, with all factors considered, they have priced a player who has scored 131 goals in 339 for City in all competitions since his switch from Liverpool back in 3015 anywhere between £43m-£60m. Knowing Granovskaia’s ability to negotiate a good deal, she and the rest of the Blues board will hope that a compromise nearer the £43m point can be reached and settled upon between both parties.

Although, there is still belief amongst the current World Champions that a figure of around £35m, which Liverpool have just sold Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich for in similar circumstances contract-wise, should be reasonable for a transfer like this one. Whether City stands firm or not remains to be seen.

Chelsea fans- How much should the club be really looking to splash out on Raheem Sterling this summer considering the £200m transfer budget? Leave your thoughts down below in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice Chelsea attack after Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele transfers

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Chelsea’s attack for next season could look rather different if two signings in particular were to happen in this summer’s transfer window.

It has taken a short while for Chelsea to get going in the summer transfer window following months of sanctions that prevented them from making headway, but with Romelu Lukaku’s situation seemingly heading towards a positive conclusion, attention is starting to finally switch towards incomings. Although defence is the main priority in this summer’s transfer window amid fresh updates on Jules Kounde and Man City’s Nathan Ake, it is in fact another player from the current Premier League champions who could be joining Chelsea next season.

This is according to The Athletic, who report that confidence is growing between both parties that a deal can be completed in the near future which will see the player make the move that he hopes guarantees him more regular first-team football. Sterling is set to enter the final year of his contract with City, and reports do vary on the potential cost to Chelsea, with estimates between £35million and £60million. Regardless of what fee is to be agreed upon, it is looking clear now that Sterling will become one of the first signings of the Boehly era at Stamford Bridge, with Kounde and Ousmane Dembele also strongly linked.

Dembele is set to make his final decision about his future upon his return from holiday, despite speaking about his current situation with a Barca supporter in a recent encounter. His injury record was reportedly of concern to the higher-ups at Stamford Bridge if he was to be brought in. Amidst the rumours that the 27-year-old’s arrival could end any Dembele transfer hope, football.london understands that the Blues are planning to bring both aforementioned targets in to help refresh the attack.

The business up to may not stop there though despite the need for major defensive surgery and potentially in the midfield too if Ruben Loftus-Cheek was to leave amid fresh Lazio transfer updates. It is well known that a new striker is wanted and Robert Lewandowski is viewed as the ideal man to take on the mantle that is going to be left by the £97.5m club-record signing. His willingness though to join Barcelona has made this one a no-go so far. Alternative options had included Lautaro Martinez, Darwin Nunez and Jonathan David.

However, Lautaro wants to stay put at Inter whilst Nunez moved to Premier League rivals Liverpool. Nothing concrete recently has come out on Lille forward David, so that is certainly one to look out for throughout the window. Currently, though, the striker options that manager Thomas Tuchel will have at his disposal will be Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Armando Broja. The latter two have been linked away this summer but it seems unlikely Todd Boehly would let both go prior to a World Cup season which will see squad depth tested to the maximum. Replacements would have to be purchased in the worst-case scenario.

With much of this transfer window still to play out, what would Chelsea’s best front three combination be ahead of this unusual up-and-coming season kicking off in early August if Sterling and Dembele both arrive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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