It is shaping up to be a busy summer of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel looks to lay the foundations for a successful first, full season in the managerial hot-seat.
After replacing Frank Lampard towards the very end of the January transfer window, there was little time for the German to add his own players to the squad he inherited, meaning this summer’s window, which only opened for business two days ago, is his first meaningful chance to put his own stamp of authority on proceedings.
Fresh from winning the UEFA Champions League final almost a fortnight ago, the Blues have wasted little time in trying to put plans in place ahead of the start of next season, with Tuchel making it clear to the club’s hierarchy that he wants to add three new faces to his squad in the form of a centre-back, a central-midfielder and a striker.
As well as making their interest known in signing Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, who is said to be ‘interested’ in a move to Stamford Bridge, the Blues are also believed to have lodged a big-money bid for Inter Milan right wing-back Achraf Hakimi, tabling a £56.1million offer for the former Real Madrid ace.
But if Chelsea are looking to spend unimaginable amounts of money on new additions this summer it is only natural that they will have to cut their cloth, both to keep the finances in shape and the squad not too inflated.
It is no secret that Tuchel is keen to offload players that are deemed surplus to requirements, with a recent report claiming that up to 14 outcasts could be sold or sent out on loan this summer.
One deal has already been completed at Stamford Bridge this week in the form of youngster Pierre Ekwah Elimby sealing a move across London to West Ham United. The 19-year-old, who was on the Blues’ books since 2018, made the switch to the London Stadium for a fee of around £1.5million.