As the summer transfer window approaches, Chelsea’s task is a tough one: to close the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of the new season. The Blues were 18 points behind the Reds, who finished second in the recently concluded 2021/22 season.
In truth, the top two in the Premier League seemed to be in a league of their own last time out. In the early stages of the campaign, Chelsea were seen by many as the dark horses to challenge Liverpool and Man City for the title, but a chaotic second half of the season saw the Blues collapse.
Now that the summer transfer window is just around the corner, Chelsea face even more challenges. There will be a number of departures from the club over the next few months, meaning replacements and upgrades will have to be found elsewhere.
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Antonio Rudiger looks all but confirmed he will join Real Madrid via the window as the German is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of next month. Likewise, Andreas Christensen is trying to join his teammate through the exit door as Barcelona are interested in the Denmark international.
Replacements for the duo need to be found and Chelsea want all deals to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. football.london understands Jules Kounde is the club’s priority target this summer as the Blues look to bring the talented Sevilla centre-back to the club a year after narrowly missing out on him.
The 23-year-old now has just over two years on his contract with the Sevilla side and wants to leave the club before the start of next season. football.london It has been said that Kounde enjoys the physical challenge that comes with playing in the Premier League.
Josko Gvardiol is also under consideration by Chelsea following the young defender’s impressive season in Germany for RB Leipzig. The 20-year-old made 45 appearances for Leipzig in the 2021/22 season and is now one of the most sought-after defenders in European football.
Meanwhile, Turin’s Gleison Bremer is another option for Chelsea. football.london understands that Bremer was watched extensively by the west Londoners last season.
Pau Torres is another. The Villarreal defender, like Bremer and Gvardiol, has been widely watched in the 2021/22 season and could leave the Spanish club this summer.
Now Torres has revealed his future, insisting he remains “quiet” on speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League. “At the moment there is nothing at all, there are many things being talked about like every year,” the Villarreal defender told Der Spiegel.
“I have the certainty of being where they want me, in the club of my life, and I have this offer right now because I see it as very positive. Right now there is nothing. The only thing I have is Villarreal’s offer.” I am very calm.”