Thomas Tuchel is targeting Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi in the transfer window – and his plans could upset two of Chelsea’s Champions League-winning stars.
Chelsea have reportedly had an initial £56million bid for Hakimi rejected by Inter Milan, who are also said to have knocked back a similar offer from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Blues are expected to return with a bigger offer for the wing-back, while they are also in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland and wantaway Tottenham star Harry Kane.
But if Tuchel lands both Hakimi and one of his centre-forward targets this summer, it is likely to mean two current Chelsea players having to change position for next season.
Hakimi scored seven goals and laid on 10 assists to help Inter to the Serie A title this season, and is being viewed as the ideal player to provide extra attacking creativity from the right flank next season.
Thomas Tuchel with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after his side’s Champions League final triumph
He can also play on the right of midfield, as a right wing-back and as a conventional full-back in a back four – so his arrival could see Reece James forced into a different position.
James has pretty much nailed down the right wing-back slot since Tuchel took charge in January, leading to the 21-year-old being included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euro 2020 finals.
Tuchel is believed to have been impressed by James, who had Raheem Sterling in his pocket in last month’s Champions League final, and it is understood Hakimi is not being brought in as a replacement.
James was played as a right-sided centre-back during the latter stages of the season, and his versatility is set to afford him plenty of chances at Chelsea next term.
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