At this point in the season, Chelsea fans will only be looking forward to the FA Cup final and waiting for a resolution to the Roman Abramovich saga. The acquisition will no doubt affect how the Blues can operate in this summer’s transfer window with a view to improving Thomas Tuchel’s side.
A quick resolution would be the best outcome ahead of a summer in which Chelsea know they need to acquire some talented players with an exodus already on the cards. Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will leave at the end of the season once their contracts expire, while Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta will see their deals expire next summer.
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With several players set to leave and new owners in the offing, Tuchel will no doubt be eager to see the West Londoners bolster their ranks. so we, football.londonscored all the latest transfer rumors at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
Dembélé hit for Chelsea
Chelsea have been hit hard in their possible pursuit of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. Journalist Fabricius Romano reports that positive talks have been held between the Frenchman and the Catalan club about a new deal, with the current one expiring at the end of the season.
The Blues were linked with a move for the striker in January, with a deadlock between him and his club creating the possibility of a departure amid reports he was told to leave while still under contract. Despite reports of a move for Dembele, Tuchel insisted there had been no rapprochement and that they had a “quiet” January transfer window. “I had no contact with Ousmane. There was no contact in winter,” he said.
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Sarri contemplates Cobham raid
Ruben Loftus-Cheek tops Maurizio Sarri’s summer transfer list, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. The report states that the 26-year-old has been identified as the ideal replacement for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who faces an uncertain future at the club.
The Cobham graduate sees his Stamford Bridge contract expire in June 2024. Loftus-Cheek enjoyed the heights of his prime during Sarri’s tenure in west London.
Tuchel adds three centre-backs to Blues shortlist
Tuchel has found three centre-backs he would like Chelsea to sign in the summer transfer window, according to Goal. The German boss has reportedly added Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe and Atletico Madrid’s José Giménez to his growing list of targets – the trio worth a healthy £118m, according to Watchdog. CIES Soccer.
The Blues face an exodus of defenders at the end of the season, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen set to leave once their contracts expire in the coming weeks. Though as West Londoners look to the market for reinforcements, Levi Colwill, who has impressed on loan at Huddersfield this season, will return in the summer.