Thomas Tuchel has been warned that Chelsea could fall into the same trap as Arsenal and Manchester United after taking over the club. The Blues will be under new ownership from Monday after the Todd Boehly-led consortium reached a definitive agreement to complete the £4.25billion purchase of Roman Abramovich.
The west London side have started their tenure at Stamford Bridge on a promising note, with the American billionaire appearing eager to splash the cash this summer. According to MailOnline, Boehly’s consortium is expected to push for A-list commitments to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge.
And with the new ownership group keen to bolster the Blues armoury, The Telegraph states that after factoring in player sales, Tuchel is expected to have £200m available to bolster his side. While the future may appear bright, Paul Merson has warned fans and the Germany boss alike that the club could follow the same path as Arsenal and United.
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“It’s a relief for everyone at Stamford Bridge that Todd Boehly’s takeover is complete and they can finally sign players again,” Merson told the Daily Mirror.
“But Chelsea is just a toy for them to play with. Look at all the other American owners in the Premier League – their US sports teams are all better than the teams they own here. Look at Stan Kroenke at Arsenal The LA Rams win the Superbowl while Arsenal finish fifth because those are their priorities.
“Look at Manchester United. The Glazers won the Superbowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But how long has it been since United fought for the title? Chelsea’s new owners won’t invest as much money as Roman Abramovich did. Back then About.”
Boehly and Tuchel are reportedly keen on rebuilding the club amid an exodus of players, with the likes of Declan Rice, Jules Kounde and Christopher Nkunku all being linked with moves. The West Ham midfielder topped the west London side’s shortlist in the summer but a move was delayed after a £100m valuation was deemed “steep” according to The Athletic – but now David Moyes has £150m Pounds given for Rice’s services.
According to Goal, the groundwork has been laid to sign Kounde once sanctions on Chelsea are lifted and the takeover is complete. The 23-year-old is said to be “desperate” to swap Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan for Stamford Bridge this summer, claims The Sun.
Meanwhile, Chelsea remain interested in RB Leipzig forward Nkunku ahead of the summer transfer window. football.london understand. He has two years left on his contract with the Bundesliga club and the west Londoners are looking to capitalize on that. However, Leipzig and Nkunku are understood to be in talks over a new deal.