The aftermath of the January transfer window may have only just died down but already the focus is switching to the summer window, as it is likely to produce far more movement than what we saw last month.
With the pandemic continuing to heavily impact football’s finances, clubs were limited in what deals they could complete over the course of the window.
In truth, movement was limited in the Premier League, with no shortage of clubs failing to add to their squads. Chelsea were one of those, with the only talking point of their transfer window proving to be a change in head coach, as Thomas Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard.
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Regardless of Chelsea’s change in head coach or their position in the league table, the club was always unlikely to draft in any new faces after spending more than £220million on seven new additions last summer. The Blues drafted in the likes of Edouard Mendy, Ben Chillwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner on big-money deals last summer, meaning their finances were not in a position to spend huge amounts on new players once again so soon.
However, by the time the summer comes around, Chelsea look as though they will be willing to loosen the purse strings once again, with a whole host of players already being linked with moves to Stamford Bridge, as Tuchel looks to put his own stamp of authority on the squad he inherited from Lampard.
Amongst those to have been earmarked by the Blues as top targets are RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. The duo are considered as two of the Bundesliga’s hottest properties and are being linked with no shortage of clubs ahead of the summer.
Amongst them are Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Spanish giants Real Madrid. Both players will command…