In his first summer at Chelsea, American businessman Todd Boehly was able to recruit eight new players.
It was one of those transfer windows in which Chelsea were apparently associated with everyone, but it’s gone now, and we know the players Thomas Tuchel has at his disposal.
During the summer transfer window, Chelsea was able to acquire Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slonina, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Denis Zakaria. In a frenzied summer, Chelsea spent nearly £270 million on new players.
Tuchel has attempted to bolster the roster, but there have been a number of departures at Stamford Bridge.
Notable departures include Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Now that the summer transfer market has closed, SportsDias attempts to compile a list of Chelsea’s best-possible roster.
Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga, who ultimately failed to leave Chelsea, are still the two goalkeepers who often make the matchday squad for the Blues, while Marcus Bettinelli is left out.
Fofana, Koulibaly, and Cucurella are tremendous reinforcements for Tuchel and Chelsea’s defense.
Also included in Tuchel’s ideas are Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Trevoh Chalobah.
Cucurella can play on the left flank and in the back three as a wing-back. Ben Chilwell and Reece James continue to be outstanding choices.
Chelsea intended to acquire a central midfielder before the transfer window closed, but their late attempt to get Edson Alvarez was unsuccessful.
Ajax refused to sell the Mexico international, and Chelsea was unable to convince them to do so.
Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, and N’Golo Kante remain Tuchel’s primary midfield options.
In recent weeks, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has demonstrated his flexibility while being a viable option in the center of the field. The contract of Ross Barkley was terminated earlier this week.
Sterling has performed admirably in attack thus far, and he appears to be Chelsea’s primary goal scorer.
That was before Aubameyang was confirmed as the eighth acquisition of the summer on the last day of the transfer window. Despite interest from other clubs and a desire to leave Stamford Bridge, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech stay with the club.
Chelsea’s best 20-man matchday squad
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga
Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Ben Chilwell
Midfielders: Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kante, Denis Zakaria
Attackers: Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic
Transfer News: Chelsea refused to sanction £20m move for Bellingham; Man Utd eye move for Fofana.
Frank Lampard has claimed that Chelsea refused to sanction a £20m transfer swoop for Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham when he was at the helm, according to GOAL. “When I was managing at Chelsea (first time) I was desperate to bring Jude Bellingham in,” Lampard revealed during a chat in the Obi One Podcast. “But I couldn’t get it through upstairs – the idea of paying £20m for someone his age (at the time).”
Manchester United eye move for Youssef Fofana
Manchester United are interested in AS Monaco first team pair Vanderson and Youssouf Fofana, according to 90min . The Red Devils are currently in the process of a takeover of their sporting operations by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, with the deal expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. The aim is to lay the groundwork for a new footballing structure that can help improve the club’s on-pitch performance in the long run. Former Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell is anticipated to take on a similar role at Old Trafford under Ratcliffe’s leadership.
Transfer News: Chelsea has to pay €25m for Rayan Cherki, Thiago Silva in talks to join Fluminense
Lyon are ready to accept a modest €25 million bid from suitors for unwanted playmaker Rayan Cherki, with Chelsea and Newcastle United keen. According to Fichajes , Lyon are ready to sell Rayan Cherki to any suitor, offering €25 million in the next window. The French playmaker had a recent falling out, and there are rumours that his club would like to cash in, with Chelsea and Newcastle United among those keen on signing him.
Thiago Silva in talks to join Fluminense
Thiago Silva has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent months, he could be closing in on her return to former club Fluminense. A report from Jorge Nicola has claimed that Thiago Silva is currently in talks with Fluminense regarding a return next year. The veteran Brazilian defender has been linked with Saudi Arabian clubs as well . He has been a useful servant for Chelsea since joining the club. But the veteran defender is in his twilight years and he will have to be replaced soon.
Man Utd planning to bolster two key positions in January
Manchester United are reportedly planning to strengthen two key positions in the upcoming transfer window, as per the Daily Mail. According to the report by the Daily Mail , United have identified defence and attack are the two areas that need bolstering so they have started exploring the market to reinforce those two positions.
Bayern rival Arsenal in race to sign Zubimendi
Bayern Munich to battle it out with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United for the services of Real Sociedad star Martin Zubimendi. According to a report by Football Transfers , Bayern Munich are keen on having Martin Zubimendi in their ranks. The German giants are keen on having a new defensive midfielder in their team and they have identified the 24- year-old Real Sociedad star as a key target. Bayern are the not only ones interested, they will have to battle it out with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United.
Transfer News: Chelsea has to pay over £75m for Watkins; Madrid ready to pay €40m for Le Normand
Chelsea has to pay over £75m for Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins could cost over £75 million if Arsenal and Chelsea attempt to sign the England international during the January window. Neil Moxley via Give Me Sport has claimed that Ollie Watkins would cost well over £75 million in the January transfer window. Arsenal and Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the Aston Villa star ahead of the winter market. But the Midlands side are not concerned about a mid-season departure.
Real Madrid ready to pay €40m for Robin Le Normand
Real Madrid will happily pay €40 million to sign Spanish international defender Robin Le Normand from Real Sociedad. According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes , Robin Le Normand is the subject of interest from Real Madrid. The Merengues are scouring the market for a centre-back ahead of the 2024 summer transfer window. And they are willing to shell out €40 million to sign the Spanish international defender from Real Sociedad.
Aston Villa formulating bid to sign Marcos Acuna
Aston Villa are looking to put forward an offer worth €15 million to acquire the services of 31-year-old Sevilla full-back Marcos Acuna. According to a report by Fichajes , Aston Villa are keen on having Marcos Acuna in their ranks. The English club are desperately looking for a new left-back. Their manager Unai Emery is a big fan of the 31-year-old and wants him at his disposal in the upcoming winter transfer window. The Villans are ready to offer €15 million to land the World Cup- winning defender.
Newcastle looking at loan options to replace Tonali
Newcastle United is considering options in the loan market to find a replacement for Sandro Tonali, mainly due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) constraints, according to 90min. One potential candidate is Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips, who aligns well with their requirements, and a loan deal is being explored. Additionally, the club is exploring the possibility of a loan arrangement with one of the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) Saudi Arabia-owned clubs. There’s also a focus on players who were previously on Newcastle’s radar and are currently performing well in the Pro League, with examples including Ruben Neves and Gabri Veiga.
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