Thomas Tuchel has had a quiet start to life at Chelsea as far as transfers are concerned.
The German’s late arrival in January coupled with Chelsea’s huge spending bill of more than £200million from the summer meant he was never going to get any big incoming deals done ahead of tonight’s 11pm deadline.
But what he will be doing is lining up his targets for the summer, working in conjunction with Blues chief Marina Granovskaia, who is responsible for getting the deals over the line.
And we already know who Tuchel’s favoured targets are likely to be.
Likely in need of a centre-back partner for veteran Thiago Silva, Chelsea are said to be interested in signing in-demand RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, along with Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
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Confirming that Chelsea have expressed an interest, Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge today told Sky Germany: “When clubs like Chelsea or Liverpool are interested in him, it shows what qualities the players have.
“There are two other clubs interested in Dayot. We will lose David Alaba. It depends on the player now and how quickly he wants to make a decision.”
That may not be the end of Chelsea’s business in Germany, either, with the aforementioned Alaba understood to be on their radar.
Alaba is out of contract at Bayern this summer and on the lookout for a new club. Chelsea are one of the favourites to land him with Alaba’s representatives reportedly reaching out to the Blues last year.
He is one player Chelsea are already free to agree a deal with but nothing has been agreed just yet.
The Blues have also been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, who would likely cost around £90million with his release clause not coming into play until next summer.
Tuchel is said to be a big fan of Haaland and he might be…