A new era is upon us at Chelsea Football Club. Things get straight to the point for Todd Boehly as he seeks to close the huge gap on Manchester City and Liverpool this summer.
Eighteen points separated the Blues from second-place Liverpool in the 2021/22 season as Chelsea slumped massively in the second half of the season. At one point Chelsea were the ‘dark horse’ for many people to contend for the Premier League title.
The task for the Chelsea hierarchy this summer is to assemble a squad strong enough to handle a challenge for the whole season rather than just a few months. That’s where Boehly comes in…
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According to a recent report in the Telegraph, Boehly will give Thomas Tuchel £200m to boost his squad this summer. Several key positions need to be addressed by Chelsea this summer, with a number of players set to leave the club in the coming months.
Antonio Rudiger is on his way to Real Madrid while Andreas Christensen is looking for Barcelona. These are two of Chelsea’s key first-team centre-backs who will definitely be leaving as their contracts are about to expire.
Moreover, Marcos Alonso could leave Chelsea as Barcelona are interested in the Spanish left-back. Ross Barkley, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante also all face uncertain futures with just over 12 months left on their contracts.
The attackers at Chelsea FC could also look very different by the start of the 2022/23 season. Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku have all been linked with a move from the club in recent weeks.
With all that said football.london takes a look at how Chelsea are best spending their £200m transfer budget. All values are from the CIES Football Observatory.
According to ESPN, Kounde is available for around £47m this summer and is the obvious choice for Chelsea to try and sign him. The Blues almost signed the France international last summer but Sevilla asked a little too much of their defender.
This time around, however, there is a growing expectation that Kounde will be a Chelsea player by the end of the summer window. football.london understands the 23-year-old enjoys the challenge of playing in the Premier League and the test it will bring him is part of his desire to join Chelsea.
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Like Kounde, Gvardiol is another defensive target for Chelsea. Due to the upcoming departures of Rüdiger and Christensen, Tuchel will have to use several central defenders.
RB Leipzig defender Gvardiol fits into the category. A left-footed centre-back who is composed and calm in possession. Numerous reports have claimed Chelsea could offer the Croatian defender £40m.
With Alonso set to leave Chelsea, Tuchel may need support for the returning Ben Chilwell at left-back. You don’t have to look too far.
Cucurella had a brilliant season on the south coast for Brighton & Hove Albion, playing in a variety of positions including left-back in Graham Potter’s system. Worth just £17million at CIES, the Spaniard could be a really smart deal for the Blues, who are said to be interested.
Nkunku had a great 2021/22 season for RB Leipzig. The 24-year-old has scored 34 direct goals in 33 Bundesliga games and is attracting interest across Europe.
football.london understands that Chelsea are one of the numerous clubs that could make a move for the Frenchman in the coming months. The Blues tracked him down on various occasions during the 2021/22 season and were delighted with what they saw. CIES values Nkunku at nearly £60m, bringing the total for the four players listed at £184m just under the reported £200m budget.