Following talks with new owner Todd Boehly, Tuchel will be handed the reins in a move designed to model Manchester City and Liverpool
Thomas Tuchel’s position at Chelsea is stronger than ever
Thomas Tuchel has been promised that he can take the lead on Chelsea’s transfer business by the club’s new owners in a shift designed to move closer to the Manchester City and Liverpool models.
And that could be good news for Romelu Lukaku’s hopes of re-joining Inter Milan if Tuchel informs Todd Boehly that he believes the club record signing should be allowed to leave Chelsea.
Just as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp drive decisions over incomings and outgoings at City and Liverpool, the Boehly-led group now in charge of Chelsea have told Tuchel that his voice will be the loudest on transfers and first-team football decisions.
Tuchel is viewed as one of the club’s biggest assets by the new owners, who believe the best way to try to make ground on Premier League champions City and Liverpool is to give the German similar power to that enjoyed by Guardiola and Klopp.
In a meeting with Tuchel, it is understood Boehly made it clear that the new owners will do everything in their power to try to deliver his targets and move on players he does not want – rather than attempting to impose their own transfer ideas.
As previously reported by Telegraph Sport, Chelsea’s new owners are prepared to give Tuchel around £200million to spend this summer, although more could be made available by significant player sales.
At least in the short-term, Tuchel is still working closely with director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech, but the 48-year-old is now set to have the biggest influence over which players Chelsea make bids for and who they attempt to sell.
Previously, Chelsea have worked with Tuchel and his predecessors to identify and pursue mutually beneficial targets with the club having a greater say over sales, which is not uncommon within the Premier League and Europe.
But the focus this summer is likely to be on delivering Tuchel’s recommendations, in terms of incomings and outgoings, with Boehly himself also involved in transfer discussions.
It means that if Tuchel informs the club that he believes a move away is the best course of action regarding Lukaku, who wants to return to Inter Milan, then Chelsea’s new owners are likely to attempt to broker a deal rather than trying to convince the head coach to make the situation work.
Guardiola was allowed to move on the likes of Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, who were hugely influential City players, while Klopp sold Christian Benteke, just a year after Liverpool had spent £32.5million on the Belgian.
Chelsea spent a club record £97.5m on Lukaku last year, but Inter are only likely to be able to afford an initial loan deal for the 29-year-old, with Chelsea having to part-fund his wages. Tuchel’s view will be crucial to whether or not such a deal gets the green light.
The approach of Chelsea’s new owners is unlikely to dramatically alter the club’s list of targets, which Tuchel had been heavily involved in drawing up with Granovskaia and Cech.
But it does mean that if the former Borussia Dortmund coach decides he wants to work with Ousmane Dembele again, then any fears over the forward’s injury or disciplinary records are more likely to be pushed aside.
Dembele’s Barcelona contract expires this summer, which could make him a free agent, although Chelsea are not thought to be close to reaching an agreement with the 25-year-old and have other attacking targets such as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.
Defence remains Chelsea’s priority position, with the club hoping to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla and Boehly also ready to fund a move for Matthijs de Ligt should Tuchel decide the 22-year-old Juventus star is a better option than other targets such as Josko Gvardiol.
The ambitions of Chelsea’s new owners mean that a bid for Declan Rice cannot yet be ruled out, given the fact Tuchel is known to be an admirer of the midfielder who West Ham United have claimed to value at £150m.
The long-term future of Granovskaia remains uncertain following the Chelsea takeover, amid suggestions that Atletico Madrid’s sporting director Andrea Berta could be of interest to the club’s new owners
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