The end of the January transfer window is not likely to produce too much unexpected drama as far as proceedings at Stamford Bridge are concerned.
After spending north of £220million during last summer’s window, Chelsea have, like a whole host of other clubs in the Premier League, been quiet this month, with just a handful of departures having dominated their transfer department’s work in the last few weeks.
Even though they have welcomed a new head coach to the club this week, in the shape of former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, no new arrivals are expected before Monday’s deadline, despite various names being linked with a last gasp move to west London before the bell.
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Whilst it is only fair that a new head coach or manager would usually want to try and draft in one or two new faces to put his own stamp of authority on the squad they have inherited, Tuchel is happy with that he has at his disposal.
Asked if he would look to add any new faces to the squad before Monday’s deadline, Tuchel, at his official unveiling as Chelsea boss on Thursday, said: “No, [no gaps to fill] but it is hard for me to judge right now. I am very happy with what I have seen so far.
“N’Golo Kante came back today so we have 22 players and the goalkeeper.”
With that in mind, Tuchel is expected to throw his transfer plans forwards to the summer window, which could see Chelsea invest heavily in the squad once again, depending on how Tuchel performs in his first few months in the job.
According to reports, the former Borussia Dortmund chief has already earmarked several targets, including defender David Alaba, who is out-of-contract at current club Bayern Munich this forthcoming summer. According to well-respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Tuchel is a…