Chelsea: New boss Thomas Tuchel in profile
Thomas Tuchel now holds the hotseat at Chelsea having been announced as Frank Lampard’s successor and he will already have an idea in his head on what he plans to do in his first few transfer windows. Express Sport provides the latest update from around Stamford Bridge regarding ingoings and outgoings.
Erling Haaland plan
Erling Haaland has been identified as Tuchel’s No 1 transfer target this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea spent big last summer on new recruits such as Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, while academy graduates Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have continued to play regular minutes this campaign.
There was some fear that Tuchel’s arrival would spell bad news for Chelsea’s talented young players.
And while Haaland is a top transfer priority for the summer transfer window, it is claimed his potential arrival will not impede the likes of Abraham and Mount.
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Billy Gilmour transfer talks
Thomas Tuchel set for crunch talks with Billy Gilmour
Tuchel may have some immediate transfer business to take care of following his first match in charge this evening.
According to The Athletic, Billy Gilmour had planned to sit down with Lampard this week to discuss whether a loan move would be best for him ahead of the January transfer window deadline.
He’s struggled for regular minutes since returning from injury last year and it is suggested that Gilmour’s decision could rest on whether he is included in today’s matchday squad against Wolves.
If not, then Gilmour has plenty of options with the likes of Aston Villa and West Brom all keen to sign him on loan.
Declan Rice twist
Lampard was prepared to sell five members of his first-team squad at Chelsea to fund a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to reports.
Rice was a top transfer target for Chelsea last summer but they pulled back given their huge outlay on other targets.
Lampard maintained an interest in signing the England international though and had built a plan to try and bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
The Telegraph says the 42-year-old was willing to sell five players to raise money to sign Rice.
The players in question are goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, defenders Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso, and midfield duo Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.
Kepa had fallen out of favour under Lampard and his future at the club was further put in doubt when Edouard Mendy was signed last summer.
Rudiger and Alonso have similarly struggled for regular game time this season while Rice is seen as a direct replacement for Kovacic and Jorginho.
But it remains to be seen whether Tuchel will take the same approach as Lampard heading into the summer transfer window.
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