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How Chelsea could line-up next season with “influx of transfer cash’ including Declan Rice and Adam Webster



CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel is set to be well backed in the transfer market this summer.

Club chiefs are said to be impressed that the German, 48, didn’t push for ‘unnecessary’ reinforcements last month.

Declan Rice is set to be a key summer target
Declan Rice is set to be a key summer target

And they are set to reward him by spending heavily to bolster the squad ahead of next season.

Chief among his targets will be West Ham and England star Declan Rice, the Telegraph claim.

The addition of the 23-year-old could prompt Tuchel into feeling comfortable enough with his midfield options to ditch his back three formation and switch to a 4-3-3.

He will also look to strengthen his defence – with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all set to be out of contract.

The Blues are again expected to be in for Sevilla’s French ace Jules Kounde.

While the Mirror reckon that a move for Brighton ace Adam Webster could be on the agenda.

Jules Kounde remains a key target
Jules Kounde remains a key target

Chelsea are also ready for bids for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, having been able to put the Spaniard in the shop window over the last six weeks.

This means that Edouard Mendy will continue between the sticks for the Blues.

Webster could partner Kounde at the back, with Thiago Silva set to turn 38 early next season.

Currently-injured duo Ben Chilwell and Reece James will line up as full-backs – with Rice anchoring the midfield.

With the new additions providing added steel, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount could have license to roam ahead of him in the trio.

The Blues will likely stick with £97.5million acquisition Romelu Lukaku despite recent criticism.

While Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi could buzz around the big Belgian.

Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will all think they can stake a claim to be in the starting XI.

Although the Blues will probably look to sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley.

Saul Niguez will not have his loan extended and is set to return to Atletico Madrid.

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