Chelsea have made the headlines within the Premier League this summer for forking out £175million on latest players. But it surely seems the Blues are removed from being finished, as Thomas Tuchel eyes further additions to his squad before the transfer deadline.
Since Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital accomplished their takeover in May, Chelsea have brought in five latest players in Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka and Marc Cucurella. The latter will cost around £62m in total, taking Chelsea’s spending to the best by any club in Europe.
But after watching his side beat Everton 1-0 on the opening day of the season, Tuchel knows he still needs to enhance his side in the event that they are to have any hope of bridging the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.
With a possible 4 latest signings arriving at Stamford Bridge before the August 31 deadline, Chelsea’s lineup might be filled to the brim with star-studded talent. Express Sport looks at how they may line up, should those deals all undergo this summer.
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Defence: James, Fofana, Silva, Koulibaly, Chilwell
Tuchel has admitted that he needs to start out interested by the long-term relating to his backline, with Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Koulibaly all around the age of 30. And that explains their pursuit of Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation for the Foxes since his £30m switch from Saint-Etienne in 2020. Chelsea have already had two bids rejected for the defender, the last within the region of £70m, and Boehly is willing to return with one other offer to get his man.
Even with Azpilicueta penning a latest two-year deal, it is obvious Fofana has been targeted to take up that spot as a right-sided centre-back after the club did not land Jules Kounde. Likewise, the arrival of Cucurella could add some uncertainty for Ben Chilwell, especially after the Spaniard’s solid debut.
Attack: Sterling, Mount, Aubameyang
Chelsea have sought to revamp their attack by bringing in Raheem Sterling but further alterations may very well be made. With Timo Werner poised to seal a everlasting move back to RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech more likely to follow him out the door, there’s a room to sign one other attacker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a shock return to London, just eight months after leaving Arsenal for Barcelona. The Gabonese, 33, scored 11 goals in 17 appearances since then however the arrival of Robert Lewandowski has put his place under query.
The Gabonese would supply Chelsea with a natural No 9, something they’ve lacked since loaning out Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. With doubts over Kai Havertz’s consistency in front of goal, Aubameyang reuniting with Tuchel at Chelsea would surely see him lead the road.
Potential Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Fofana, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Kante, De Jong, Cucurella; Sterling, Aubameyang, Mount.