Chelsea transfer shortlist: Four targets Thomas Tuchel wants Roman Abramovich to buy

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Chelsea have a big summer transfer window ahead of them after winning the Champions League with Thomas Tuchel looking to make the signings to catch up to Manchester City, who they beat to lift the European Cup, in the Premier League. Tuchel is thought to want three or four signings from owner Roman Abramovich. Express Sport looks at the potential additions the German could welcome to Stamford Bridge before August 31.

Niklas Sule – Bayern Munich

Despite boasting such a brilliant rearguard under Tuchel since January, Chelsea are looking to sign a centre-half with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all entering the last year of their contracts.

The Athletic say Bayern Munich’s Sule has been sounded out with the German’s long-term future at Bayern Munich up in the air.

The 25-year-old has only 12 months left on his deal with the German champions despite 20 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern in 2020-21.

It is thought as a result he could be prised from the Allianz Arena at an affordable cost of around £30m.

Alternatives to Sule for Chelsea include Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix, Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, Pau Torres at Villarreal and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

Torres and Kounde re younger target but Sule’s contract situation might make him a more sensible buy financially.

Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan

Chelsea hold interest in a number of centre-forwards across Europe but the London rivalry with Tottenham is likely to rule out any hopes of landing Harry Kane.

Borussia Dortmund are meanwhile eager to keep Erling Haaland until 2022 although they could lose him for £64million in a year’s time due to a release clause in his contract.

And Inter Milan’s Lukaku, a former Chelsea player, is the other elite-level option for the Blues with Tuchel having earmarked a new striker as a matter of priority.

Lukaku scored 24 Serie A goals this season to help Inter win the league for the first time in 11 years and has goalscoring pedigree in the Premier League.

The Belgium international has 113 career goals but the 28-year-old will not come cheaply, and a deal may perhaps require a fee of around £100m.

Achraf Hakimi – Inter Milan

With Lukaku one Inter player on Chelsea’s radar, the right-sided Achraf Hakimi is another one and is an explosive talent who might thrive under Tuchel given his success under Antonio Conte.

The £47m-rated Moroccan spent two excellent seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund, producing 12 goals and 17 assists in 73 games, and then contributed seven goals and 11 assists in 45 matches at Inter.

The 22-year-old could be available due to Inter’s financial crisis and while he appears happy in Milan, Chelsea might be able to tempt him to England.

The Athletic say the Chelsea hierarchy, scouting department and Tuchel have all extensively spoken out about the prospect of signing Hakimi.

The defender could operate as the right wing-back under the German coach with Reece James also able to play as a right-sided centre-back.

Wolves’ Adama Traore has also been linked as another option out wide and might not cost as much as Hakimi.

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Declan Rice – West Ham

Rice has long been admired at Chelsea with Tuchel’s predecessor Frank Lampard having been eager to bring the former academy talent back to the Bridge.

The England international, 22, was one of the Hammers’ standout performers as they qualified for next season’s Europa League and he captained the club 20 times in the league this season.

Interest in the West Ham defensive midfielder has been revived by Tuchel according to The Guardian.

But Chelsea’s fellow Londoners would demand a massive fee for the player who was on Chelsea’s books between 2006 and 2014.

Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni and Benfica’s Julian Weigl are cheaper alternatives if Rice cannot be signed.

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