Under the guidance of new coach Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s new ownership group has moved quickly to make their mark on the club.
After promising to make a significant investment in the team, new chairman Todd Boehly appears to be following through, as the Blues are linked with a slew of new players during the summer transfer window.
Tuchel is in severe need of defenders after the departures of Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen.
owner Todd Boehly has committed to support Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel in any transfer negotiations.
Raphinha, a Brazilian attacker for Leeds, is now a Chelsea player after a £60 million trade was struck.
German coach Joachim Low is aiming to re-energize his attack following the failure of his Lukaku experiment and the arrival of Raphinha and others at Stamford Bridge.
We take a look at how a new Chelsea might look next season, with some long-time players missing out, and see if they can challenge for the Premier League championship.
As far as Chelsea’s first-team positions go, this is the most stable one. Edouard Mendy has established himself as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper, despite the Blues’ defensive shortcomings in the second half of the 2020/21 season when Tuchel came.
For Edouard Mendy, Chelsea’s No 1 position is perhaps the most stable in the first team.
Because of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s stated desire for greater playing time and the possibility of a loan move, Mendy’s future looks even more secure.
Marcus Bettinelli, the last remaining understudy, has the best chance of playing in the Carabao Cup or the Champions League group stage.
Tuchel has had a lot of first-team players leave the club recently, so this is the area that has seen the most change.
Both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left Chelsea for nothing to join Real Madrid after successful seasons in the Premier League.
Real Madrid have signed Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea’s top defender last season, for an undisclosed fee.
The fates of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, both of whom have been linked to Barcelona, are still up in the air.
As a result, the Blues have been connected with nearly every available defender on the market, albeit some deals look to be closer to completion than others.. Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has been a long-term target for the club.
Chelsea are also desperate to acquire Matthijs De Light from Juventus, and have offered both Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner as makeweights in any deal.
England internationals Reece James and Ben Chilwell are already established in their roles as attacking full-backs while Trevor Chalobah provides back-up for Thiago Silva.
Defensive duo Jules Kounde and Matthijs De Light are two of the most sought-after players by Chelsea.
Tuchel, on the other hand, may want to add to his defensive alternatives. Nathalie Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City, Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, and Napoli midfielder Kalidou Koulibaly are also being considered by Chelsea.
Despite reports linking Jorginho with a return to Italy, Tuchel has a deep enough midfield to ensure that this isn’t a major problem.
N’Golo Kante is one of the top defenders in the world, and he continues to be a vocal critic of how Thomas Tuchel’s team plays. So, now the question is: who is going to be his business partner?
N’Golo Kante, the team’s undisputed starter in midfield, has plenty of choices to choose from under Tuchel.
Matteo Kovacic, a member of the first-team squad last season, is in control of the ball in this match. Loftus-Cheek performed well when brought upon and may have a larger part next season.
Billy Gilmour’s contract has been extended by Tuchel, and Conor Gallagher has returned to Chelsea after an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace. Tuchel believes in Billy Gilmour. In addition, Ross Barkley is still on the books at Chelsea, so they have plenty of options.
As a result, some big-name athletes will miss out on the opportunity. Both Werner and Pulisic appear to have been deemed surplus to requirements, therefore their inclusion in the team is no longer necessary.
Chelsea is also close to agreeing to a deal with Raheem Sterling for £55 million in addition to signing Raphinha.
To sign Raphinha at the eleventh hour for £60 million is a bold move, and it seems that Tuchel intends to make him a regular in the first team.
Despite the arrival of the Brazilian, Chelsea have made a bid for Manchester City’s £55m-rated Raheem Sterling. Two of the three positions in attack have been taken by these two new additions, narrowing the field still again.
Who takes the top spot? It appears Hakim Ziyech is best suited to continue making cameo appearances from the bench. Until a brief appearance at the tail end of last season, most people had no idea Kenedy was a Chelsea player.
With Kai Havertz in better form, Mason Mount could lose his first-team spot.
For some time now, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been at the bottom of the team’s priority list, earning minutes despite not playing in his natural position. Fans and international Mason Mount face off against Germany’s Kai Havertz in this year’s final.
Mount had a middling season, failing to make the kind of impact that made him a lock to start for both Tuchel and Southgate last season. Despite the failure of Romelu Lukaku as a No 9, Havertz has found a new role as a No 9 and is thriving.
There is an intriguing option of Rafinha and Sterling switching roles and sprinting off Havertz, so Mount will have to wait for his chance to return to the first squad.