The January transfer window looks set to pass with next to no incident for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea as the new head coach starts his first full week in charge of the club.
Chelsea haven’t signed anyone this month with just a few hours of the window remaining but have allowed a few fringe players to leave the club.
Lucas Piazon ended his eight-year stay at the club by joining Rio Ave permanently in Portugal. A seasoned member of the “Loan Army”, three first-team outings, seven loan spells and a broken leg later, Piazon departed the club this month.
Outcast midfielder Danny Drinkwater also left on loan, joining Kasimpasa in Turkey for the rest of the season. Dfender Fikayo Tomori also left on loan to join Italian giants AC Milan while on deadline day, the Blues let youngster Jack Wakely head to Brighton to join up with their under-23 setup.
A change of manager so late on in the window was always likely to mean that Chelsea were not going to be busy during the latter stages of the month. Tuchel has been in place for less than a week and is seemingly going forward with the squad that he has.
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The constant Declan Rice links with a move to west London from West Ham have fallen away pretty quickly since Frank Lampard was axed as manager a week ago. Bayern Munich CEO Karl Heinz-Rumenigge has claimed Chelsea are interested in Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig but it’s too late to get a move done.
So it is increasingly looking like the summer will be the time where Tuchel really gets to shape his squad in terms of both incomings and outgoings.,
Along with the links to Upamecano, Chelsea have also been linked with a blockbuster move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland but for that to happen, Tuchel will have to get Chelsea into the top four at the end of the season.
But he will also have some decisions to make around his current…