CHELSEA will look different next season following a busy summer of ins and outs at Stamford Bridge.
Now that Todd Boehly has completed his takeover, Thomas Tuchel will be eager to begin building his team in order to reduce the gap between Manchester City and Liverpool.
Before adding star players like Raheem Sterling or Ousmane Dembele to last season’s side, the German will have to replace those who have left.
Antonio Rudiger, who was selected to the PFA Team of the Year yesterday, has already left for Real Madrid, while Andreas Christensen has already left for Barcelona.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso might join Christensen in Catalonia, while Romelu Lukaku wants to return to Inter Milan.
Chelsea has a huge job in upgrading their roster for next season against this background.
They won’t have to worry about the goalie, thanks to Edouard Mendy’s outstanding performance last season.
Tuchel will have to decide on back-ups for Reece James and Ben Chilwell when Emerson Palmieri returns from his loan spell at Lyon.
Despite reaching 38 later this year, Thiago Silva will remain a veteran at the back, but who will join the Brazilian is still up in the air.
Tuchel is expected to stay with his back three systems, especially if the Blues are unable to recruit Declan Rice to provide defensive cover.
Chelsea are keen to recruit Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, while RB Leipzig’s left-sided centre-back Josko Gvardiol is also a target.
Following a good loan stint at Huddersfield, Levi Colwill might mount a claim, while Trevoh Chalobah will want to progress.
According to Tuchel, N’Golo Kante is the Blues’ Mo Salah or Kevin De Bruyne.
If the Frenchman stays healthy, he will continue to play a key role in Chelsea’s midfield.
Blues may sell Jorginho but keep Mateo Kovacic.
Mason Mount might be played in a deeper position after playing in Tuchel’s front three, while Conor Gallagher may get an opportunity following an outstanding loan stint at Crystal Palace.
Chelsea’s offence may be more thrilling if they sign Sterling and Dembele.
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