The emergence of the investment firm Clearlake Capital at Chelsea has returned the club to the cycle of endless transfer rumors – now the Londoners can sign new players: the transfer budget has already been formed, the main goals for the summer have been defined.
Let’s take a closer look at them, because this information is useful not only for football betting website like footballbettingz, but also for regular soccer fans.
The Telegraph says that Thomas Tuchel has been promised full control over transfers, the head coach is now the most important asset of the club. Todd Boehly, the new owner of the Londoners, has already told Tuchel that his influence extends to both the decision regarding freshmen and players to leave. Only Pep Guardiola at Man City and Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool have the same power at APL level.
The publication specifies: Tuchel is still working intensively with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and club adviser Petr Cech, but now the German’s stance on transfers is a priority. According to The Athletic, the new owners have big ambitions, so they have allocated as much as 200 million euros for the summer transfers.
Who Will Leave Chelsea?
Antonio Rüdiger has already left this summer: the leader of the London defense joined Real Madrid as a free agent. The German had played for Chelsea since July 2017, but he was particularly outstanding with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. He played 54 games in the 2021/22 season, in which he even made 5+4 goals and assists
Another loss in defense is Andreas Christensen, who almost transferred to Barcelona. Tuchel already confirmed it: The Dane is also leaving as a free agent, the Catalans only need to sort out the finances and fit him into the payroll.
Saul Niguez’s loan ended – he failed to adapt to the Premier League and returned to Atletico Madrid. The rest is purely rumors.
Romelu Lukaku, on whom Chelsea spent as much as 115 million euros last summer, wants to return to Inter. According to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, there is talk of a loan, the terms of which are still being negotiated.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso each have a year left on their contracts with Chelsea. The reliable Fabrizio Romano wrote that both want to play for Barcelona. Negotiations with the Londoners are progressing – both are likely to start the 2022/23 season in La Liga.
The departure of Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also a possibility. According to Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, the midfielder was offered to Inter: the Londoners plan to get €20 million for him – Inter believes the amount is excessive but are considering a loan option.
What About Newcomers?
There is no official news, but there are a lot of rumors as always. We have selected the most likely transfers from reputable sources.
The Telegraph writes that the main options in the attack are Raheem Sterling (Man City) and Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig). Interest in Ousmane Dembele, who was mentioned earlier, is gradually fading – but the word of Thomas Tuchel (successfully worked with Ousmane at Borussia Dortmund) could change everything.
The priority for improvement is still the defense – for that Chelsea hopes to get at least Jules Kounde. Although Sevilla are asking nearly 70 million euros for him – Kounde is only 23, at peak form and his contract lasts until 2024. That allows Sevilla to jack up the price. But Chelsea’s new owners are ready for some serious spending.
Todd Boehly is also prepared to fund the purchase of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus – the Dutchman’s transfer is directly linked with Thomas Tuchel. The Londoners are also interested in RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.
It is also likely that Chelsea will return for Declan Rice. Tuchel is delighted with the Englishman, who is valued by West Ham at as much as £150m.
Chelsea’s final plans for the summer look very expensive and elite. Chelsea is probably in for a strong renewal indeed – especially given the defense’s move to Spain and the lackluster performance of Werner and Lukaku.
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