Six players Chelsea could sign as Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe promises Thomas Tuchel transfer war chest.
Chelsea could be in for an exciting summer transfer window if Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe is successful with his takeover bid at Stamford Bridge
Jim Ratcliffe insists is ready to invest £1.75bn into Chelsea if he takes over at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea ground is in need of a serious facelift to put it on the level of its Premier League rivals.
However, that should still allow for plenty of cash for Thomas Tuchel to work some magic in the transfer market.
The INEOS CEO, who is the owner of Ligue 1 side Nice, has promised to dedicate £1.75bn over the next 10 years to improve different areas of the club, while £2.5bn will go to the Charitable Trust to support victims of the war in Ukraine.
Five players Chelsea could sign
Matthijs de Ligt
With Antonio Rudiger confirmed to be leaving, Andreas Christensen and captain Cesar Azpilicueta have been linked with moves to Barcelona, with their contracts also set to expire.
Chelsea will therefore be in need of defensive reinforcements, and Dutch defender De Light has shown he has the capabilities to be one of the best centre-backs in world football for years to come.
Another exciting defender to have shone on the world stage of late is Sevilla and France star Kounde, who also has experience well beyond his years at 23.
Kounde can also play at right-back, making him a fine option for the to take up the role of marauding inverted centre-half that Rudiger will leave behind.
The Times report that Kounde is keen on a move to west London, but Sevilla held out for his £68.7m release clause last summer.
Rice will cost well in excess of £100m, but with Manchester United, and no doubt various other huge clubs sniffing around, Chelsea would do well to just pull the trigger.
N’Golo Kante is still the main man in midfield for Chelsea, but at 31, it is impossible not to worry about his long-term future.
The Monaco man, who is also a target for Liverpool, can play as a no. 8 or a no. 6, similarly to Kante, so offers the box-to-box support Tuchel looks for from his midfielders.
According to EPSN, Tchouameni could be available for £50m this summer, making him a much cheaper alternative to Rice.
Chelsea’s interest in Napoli striker Osimhen is fresher than most of their other reported target, with the Blues joining United and Arsenal for the Nigerian’s signature.
Tuchel and co. may have a key advantage though, with Napoli keen on youngster Armando Broja, who has impressed on loan at Southampton this term.
Including Broja in a deal would make a possible move for Osimhen more affordable.
One concern for Tuchel is that the 23-year-old has struggled with injuries this term.