Chelsea are likely to be one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League this summer, with plenty of uncertainty across the first-team squad. Todd Boehly’s early days were dominated by transfer planning, with a number of high-profile names reportedly already being targeted.
The departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen have already been confirmed by Thomas Tuchel but they might not be the last to leave. Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech have all been linked with departures and it remains to be seen how the first-team squad will fare as pre-season begins.
Nevertheless, Thomas Tuchel’s starting eleven could look very different in view of the numerous new signings expected until the start of the new season in August. In this sense, football.london took a look at what the Blues’ starting lineup could look like next season.
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With Rudiger and Christensen, perhaps Azpilicueta, leaving, Chelsea will have to look at the centre-back position. If those three were all to leave, that would leave Tuchel Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva as natural options to play through a back three. Of course, Levi Colwill can also return to his regular club.
Jules Kounde looks like the obvious option to replace at least one of the departing centre-backs. The Blues came very close to signing the Sevilla defender last summer but the Spanish club played hard on evaluating the talented Frenchman. Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked with a move from RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol. The Croatian has been convincing in the Bundesliga for Leipzig since moving to the German club last summer and is causing a stir throughout Europe. As a left-back, Borna Sosa has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for Alonso, who is likely to leave.
A number of names have been linked in midfield, with the obviously cheap new signing being England and West Ham star Declan Rice. Aurelien Tchouameni looked at times on the verge of a move to Stamford Bridge and the Frenchman is a long-term target for the Blues. football.london understands. However, now it looks like a move to Real Madrid is the more likely outcome.
On the other side of the scrimmage, Christopher Nkunku is a target for Chelsea. football.london understands, because the RB Leipzig attacker has been scouted by the Premier League club for some time. The Frenchman was recently named Bundesliga Player of the Season after a great season in Germany.
If the Blues can get those transfers over the line, this is what their starting line-up for next season could look like.
Possible starting XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Kounde, Thiago Silva, Gvardiol; James, Reis, Kante/Kovacic, Chilwell; Berg, Nkunku; Havertz.