“We would have goals, and we would certainly have contacted some players and found out their situation,” Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said last week when asked how the sale of the club had an impact. on the Blues’ ability to plan the game. summer transfer window.
“Of course, now our hands are tied. We can still have discussions inside the building, but we cannot act. The situation is not ideal. It would be difficult enough with a stable situation. We don’t don’t have that, and we try to show our commitment, our passion.
“It may be very important for me to convey this message: I am committed, I am looking forward and I am passionate. And as soon as we can act, we will try to act and change things.” and move from a disadvantage to perhaps an advantage. I don’t have the solution yet, but we’ll try to stay positive about it.
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“I also don’t think it’s possible for a new owner to come in and say, ‘Here, go wild, here’s £250m, go spend it. There’s always trust in the people handling it on our end, and we try to be prepared behind the scenes so that if we get the green light to act, we’ll be ready and share our views on the team.”
Once the sale of Chelsea is completed – and the Todd Boehly-led consortium is confident will complete its takeover by the end of this month – then the Blues will need to work quickly to ensure they are not left behind. in the transfer market, especially since there are several big decisions to be made in Tuchel’s squad.
We have already discussed the goalkeeping situation at Stamford Bridge. This time around we are focusing on defensive and full-back points where urgent attention is required.
Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea when his contract expires this summer. Before Abramovich was placed under sanctions, the Blues offered the Germany international a contract worth over £200,000 a week to stay. This would have made the 29-year-old the highest-paid defender in the club’s history.
Still, no deal was reached and by the time Abramovich was sanctioned, Chelsea were unable to negotiate with Rudiger’s representatives. “We gave everything – the club and I – but we couldn’t fight anymore because of the situation,” Tuchel said last month. Without the sanctions, we could at least continue to fight, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It’s his decision.
“He’s a key figure and he will remain so until the end of the season. But it’s disappointing. We will miss him a lot. He gives courage in the dressing room. The kind that everyone is afraid of, but the type to play 50-55 games at an exceptional level. He’s one of the best defenders of the last 18 months for me. Then we have to find another solution.”
Rudiger’s destination will be Real Madrid. And he should be joined in La Liga next season by another Chelsea defender: Andreas Christensen. Like Rudiger, the Dane is out of contract this summer. And despite the Blues’ best efforts throughout the season – twice the club believed a new contract had been agreed – he is set to walk away and sign for Barcelona.
The duo’s departure would leave Chelsea with Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr as Chelsea centre-back options. Still, there remains hope in Barcelona that a deal with the Blues can be reached for club captain Azpilicueta, who is coming to the end of his tenth season at Stamford Bridge.
Without a one-year extension to Azpilicueta’s contract triggered at the end of March, he would also have been free to leave at the end of the campaign. It could still happen, but only with the blessing of the next owners of Chelsea and Tuchel as a sign of goodwill for his service.
It won’t be easy for Chelsea to revamp their defence, especially as other areas of the pitch need special attention. It is, however, a matter of unavoidable needs. The money will have to be spent – and that’s despite Levi Colwill returning from Huddersfield Town after an impressive loan spell.
It is understood that the 19-year-old will have the chance to impress Tuchel in pre-season. And given the academy graduate’s talent and vast potential, it’s certainly possible he could land a place in Chelsea’s squad for the 2022/23 campaign. However, it would be unfair to expect Colwill to be an instant replacement for Rudiger.
The Blues will have to sign – at least – a central defender, and Jules Kounde remains a target. Chelsea attempted to strike a deal for the France international last summer but were caught off guard when Sevilla remained firm on their asking price. Kounde has a release clause of around £68m in his contract and that may have to be met this time around to get him out of La Liga.
Sources said 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 that such a transfer is almost impossible. Presnel Kimpembe is seen as a more accessible target should PSG decide to refresh their backline this summer.
football.london understands that Turin’s Gleison Bremer has been watched by Chelsea this season – and as an aggressive centre-back who has played on the left of a back three this term, the 25-year-old would likely be a replacement for Rudiger should an approach come in realization.
Goal have reported that Josko Gvardiol is another name under consideration and that Chelsea had a scout present at Leipzig’s game against Union Berlin late last month.
Meanwhile, Niklas Sule and Ronald Araujo were both under consideration earlier in the campaign, but the former agreed to a pre-contract with Borussia Dortmund while the latter signed a new contract with Barcelona over the course of the fifteen last days.
These are the central defenders. As for the wingers, one of the priorities of the new owners of Chelsea will be to tie Reece James to a long-term contract. The academy graduate is three years old as it stands but has proven to be one of the Premier League’s standout players this season.
A competent assistant for James is needed – even if Azpilicueta remains – and Dujon Sterling, who caught the eye of Tuchel last summer before leaving on loan for Blackpool – is expected to join the Chelsea squad for the pre-season and will receive an opportunity to assert their rights.
On the opposite flank, Ben Chilwell is hoped to return from his ACL injury at the start of pre-season. As was the case last summer, Marcos Alonso will be free to leave Chelsea if an acceptable offer is received. Barcelona are reportedly interested in the 31-year-old.