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Chelsea transfer rumours: First Tuchel signing identified, Declan Rice setback, Gilmour loan

Chelsea spent over £220million during the summer transfer window but that was not enough to keep Frank Lampard in a job, with The Blues manager sacked on Monday morning.

His replacement will almost certainly be German Thomas Tuchel who will have the tough job of leading Chelsea from 9th to a minimum requirement of the Champions League places.

Whether Tuchel will want the same players Lampard was hoping to bring in is up for debate but the German is sure to want to bring in some of his own men in order to get the team playing the style of football he wants to see from his new side.

With that in mind here is a roundup of the latest Chelsea related transfer rumours:

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Dembele still in sight

Ousmane Dembele was reported to be a Chelsea target following a breakdown in his contract negotiations with Barcelona and he is still a player on Chelsea’s radar.

The World Cup winner would have plenty of friends in the Chelsea dressing room having played alongside N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud for his national team and Christian Pulisic at former club Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old was signed by the Catalan giants for£135.5m in 2017 but has yet to live up to the price tag. With his contract due to expire in 2022, Barcelona will be keen to either recoup some of their money or tie him down for the long-term.

Having managed Dembele at Dortmund Tuchel will know exactly the type of player he is.

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Gilmour loan

Frank Lampard admitted in his final press conference as Chelsea manager that young midfielder Billy Gilmour could leave Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season.

However, the Daily Mail reported there were no immediate plans for this to happen.

With Lampard no longer at the helm Tuchel’s opinion of the Scot is unknown and with interest sure to be high Gilmour would not…

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