Transfer decisions Chelsea have already made that should reassure Thomas Tuchel in summer window

Todd Boehly’s first summer as Chelsea owner would struggle to be more important as Thomas Tuchel takes on a big task to ensure the Blues remain competitive in the Premier League

Todd Boehly’s first summer as Chelsea owner would struggle to be more important as Thomas Tuchel takes on a big task to ensure the Blues remain competitive in the Premier League

It’s little wonder that Tuchel had no plans to immediately go on holiday declaring it ‘impossible’ and highlighting the importance of sharing opinions to move forwards into the summer months. The German coach acknowledged following the final match of the season that some work had been completed in identifying targets, but they were behind in comparison to their rivals.

Tuchel said: “We want to stay in the race and Liverpool and Man City do everything to make their squads bigger and they set the standard so high. This is the challenge in which we compete.

“We have at the moment a huge disadvantage [because of the sanctions] – but that’s not decisive yet. There is no need to make excuses now, it is just the situation we are in and we have to be as quick as possible. Right now, of course, it is unsatisfying because our hands are tied and we cannot act as we want.

“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].

Tuchel said: “We want to stay in the race and Liverpool and Man City do everything to make their squads bigger and they set the standard so high. This is the challenge in which we compete.

“We have at the moment a huge disadvantage [because of the sanctions] – but that’s not decisive yet. There is no need to make excuses now, it is just the situation we are in and we have to be as quick as possible. Right now, of course, it is unsatisfying because our hands are tied and we cannot act as we want.

“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].

Already Manchester City have acquired the services of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, while Liverpool have picked up Fabio Carvalho from Fulham, and their January move for Luis Diaz certainly seemed a step in a forward direction with only half the season gone. Chelsea have remained unable to bring any new players of their own in, despite long-term links to the likes of Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele.

However, only 12 days have passed since Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital and the rest of the consortium took the reins at Stamford Bridge and there is no doubting that there has been a significant list of tasks to work through. Meetings have taken place to debate the future direction of the club, transfer budgets discussed, and Premier League meetings attended with little time for the new ownership to find their feet. Tuchel has even said to have been given greater say over the direction of the team’s transfer business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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