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17 Chelsea stars to dictate their Chelsea future under Thomas Tuchel ahead of pre-season tou

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Chelsea’s season has barely finished, but already it is approaching the point where pre-season will be on the mind of many. Mason Mount may have racked up his 62nd match of the season on Sunday, with another England match still to come, but a cohort of Thomas Tuchel’s squad are already resting, recuperating and keeping in shape for the new term under new owners.

The Blues are due back into training on July 2nd, but those involved in international exploits are unlikely to be back in Chelsea colours until the beginning of the pre-season tour of the USA. That will see a number of players with a one-week headstart at Cobham and a chance to remind the Blues’ coaching staff of their qualities heading into 2022/23.

It’s a situation not too dissimilar to 12 months ago when the likes of Trevoh Chalobah were afforded the perfect opportunity to impress Tuchel while the bulk of Chelsea’s first-team squad remained at EURO 2020. The 22-year-old defender had not even interacted with the German coach before meeting up at Cobham but soon found himself starting the UEFA Super Cup final.

Chalobah told Baller Talk: “I didn’t speak to the manager. I didn’t know the manager. I had played against him when he was at PSG because he came in [to Chelsea] during the second half of the season, but I’d never spoken to him before coming back. I’d done work before pre-season to make sure I was ready but obviously, coming back from Lorient, I didn’t know what the plan was from Chelsea. Whether I’d be going on loan again or whatever.”

“He (Tuchel) gave the loan players a platform to impress because we were with them the whole pre-season,” add the youngsters.

With a rebuild certain for the Blues, it will be a crucial period for those players who want to see themselves at Stamford Bridge next season. While last year’s loan stars can show if they are capable of mixing it with first-team stars, youngsters can catch Tuchel’s eye for the first time, and some players may even dictate that their future lies elsewhere and a transfer awaits. football.london takes a look at the players who will be fighting to impress the Chelsea boss.

Trevoh Chalobah, Hakim Ziyech, Ross Barkley, Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Malang Sarr, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy.

The summer of 2021 saw big winners in the way of Chalobah and Ziyech during pre-season preparations. Chalobah’s of course, earned his place in the squad last term, and this summer will have a major opportunity to prove where his place will lie in the team in the forthcoming season following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Sarr will also have the opportunity to prove his credentials but may have a more difficult task.

Ziyech has already been seen putting in some training in the mountains and will be hoping to enjoy the electric form he produced last summer once again. The Moroccan put in some outstanding performances to earn his place in the UEFA Super Cup final starting XI before an injury allowed his rivals back into the team in the Premier League.

Chilwell and Hudson-Odoi are set to return even earlier than the July 2nd date to ensure their fitness is up to scratch in time to prepare with the rest of the squad. Chilwell made his return to the pitch against Watford on the final day of the season, having been ruled out since the Champions League win over Juventus in 2021, while Hudson-Odoi has already been training at Cobham in the aftermath of the season.

Barkley, Kenedy and Kepa will also be in the building but with more complicated futures. The trio have spent plenty of time under Tuchel’s eye but rarely earned the chance to start, and their summers are set to be dominated by transfer talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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