Which positions did Chelsea target during the summer transfer window? What did Thomas Tuchel say? And what do the statistics say?
Which positions is Chelsea targeting?
Senior Sky Sports News reporter Melissa Reddy:
Chelsea are moving forward with their summer recruitment plans now that Todd Boyle’s consortium to take over the club has been completed.
The Blues already have an oral agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kunde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they seek to balance their balance before June 30.
Negotiations for a Kunde deal failed last year, but there is optimism on all sides that it will be over this time.
Presnel Kimpembe of Paris Saint-Germain is part of the list of central defense options and is a favorite of Thomas Tuchel. Jose Jimenez from Atletico Madrid and Yosko Guardiol from RB Leipzig are also among those observed.
Chelsea like Monaco midfielder Aurelien Chuameni, but he is expected to end up at Real Madrid. PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare is among the sought-after alternatives.
What do the statistics say about Chelsea?
Chelsea look like they don’t have the central defender’s position number. Antonio Rudiger is moving to Real Madrid, Andreas Christensen is moving to Barcelona, and Cesar Aspilicueta is also likely to leave.
The only remaining central defenders in the first team are Thiago Silva, Malang Sar and Trevo Chaloba. Options do not inspire much confidence for various reasons. Silva turns 38 in September, and Chaloba is still only 22 years old.
What did manager Thomas Tuhel say?
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel spoke after the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Watford on the last day:
“We have clear ideas about the profiles and characteristics of these players. It’s not like putting a name on the list and then getting the player.
“You have to convince the player, you have to talk to other clubs and make sure it’s the player, so there’s usually a lot of work and it’s going to be the same to be competitive next season while, like everyone else, trying to close the gap. in front of us, while the two top teams are what they are. Sequence standard.
“This is the situation, and from there we are doing everything possible to be competitive, because that’s what we want to be.”
What should Chelsea do this summer?
Sky Sports football journalist Joe Shred:
Given that Chelsea were crowned European champions just 12 months ago, it may be surprising to hear Thomas Tuchel talk about the need for “reconstruction” this summer, as he did after his team ended the season with a home win over Watford. But this triumph in the Champions League in 2021 came out of the sky – Chelsea was fourth in the Premier League that year – and this difficult campaign revealed the problems in the team of the head coach.
While Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola managed to build teams to meet their specific requirements, Tuhel had to assemble a group of players signed by six different managers. With Todd Boelli at the helm now, the time has come to support Tuhel and allow him to build his own team capable of launching a title challenge for the first time since 2017.
Work must begin in defense, with outgoing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to be replaced by two quality central defenders. It may also be time to replace Cesar Aspilicueta, a Chelsea legend, but now 32 and reportedly wanting to return to Spain with a more dynamic right-back. Relying on Marcos Alonso’s Blues – following Ben Chillwell’s injury – has cost them this season, and as the left-back is also said to want to return to Spain, signing a replacement should be on his to-do list.
In the midfield, decisions have to be made about the future of N’Golo Cante and Giorgino, who are in their 30s and have only one year left. Chelsea cannot allow them to go the same way as Rudiger and Christensen and leave for free, so they have to decide whether to offer them new deals this summer or to release them for a fee. Even if Cante stays, a younger option should be sought in the Frenchman’s mold given the time he has been unavailable in recent seasons.
The attack is the area of the Chelsea team that received the most investment in the last windows, but the Blues should not be delayed by seeking to strengthen their goal opportunities if given the opportunity. The last player to score 20 goals a season for the club was Eden Hazard and he left three years ago, so there is clearly room for improvement in this area.