Chelsea could be one of the Premier League’s busiest clubs this summer with plenty of uncertainty throughout the first-team squad. Todd Boehly’s early days are likely to be dominated by transfer planning with a number of high-profile names reportedly targeted already.
The departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have already been confirmed by Thomas Tuchel but they may not be the last to leave. Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have all been linked with moves away and it remains to be seen what the first-team squad will consist of when the transfer window closes.
Nevertheless, it is a challenge those concerned will have to be up for. With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the latest names to be linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.
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France international and RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku has been linked to a host of Premier League clubs this summer.
However, one club he will not join in England if the latest reports in France are to be believed are Newcastle United. According to GFFN, the forward is unconvinced with the new project in the North East whilst Chelsea and Man United both prepare their respective offers.
RB Leipzig are adamant that Nkunku will be going nowhere this summer, so it will be interesting to see if any Premier League club would stump up enough money to force the Bundesliga club’s stance to change.
Barcelona could use Chelsea’s interest in full-back Sergino Dest to complete a double swoop of Blues defenders.
It was revealed by The Athletic that USMNT international is on a shortlist of full-backs the club could look to bring in externally this summer to compensate for the outgoings of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta- both who are destined for a Barca transfer.
To ensure this operation goes through successfully, a Marca journalist has reported that the 21-year-old could be included in swap deal talks.
Ousmane Dembele, who is admired highly by Tuchel, is set to become a free agent come the end of the season and with Barca’s financial woes showing their head once again, Chelsea have the opportunity to pounce on this situation.
PSG were heavily interested in the former Dortmund star back in January but with are now apparently interested in Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe, so the Blues may have a free run to a signing for the former Dortmund striker.
Portuguese transfer specialist Pedro Almeida, who was one of the first journalists to report on Luis Diaz’s move to Liverpool has reported this on his Twitter account: “Chelsea is seriously pushing for the signing of Ousmane Dembele as a free agent. “
Chelsea are interested in Lens full-back Jonathan Clauss, according to French outlet Telefoot.
However, it is likely that in house options like Dujon Sterling and Emerson Palmieri will be used to provide cover to first-choice options Ben Chilwell and Reece James next season.
The Belgian’s entourage were reportedly in Italy to meet Inter Milan on Monday as talks on a sensational return continue in a deal which could total £ 64million when taking all factors into consideration, as per Italian journalist Nico Schira.
The striker, who recently turned 29, is set to hold crunch talks with the new ownership set up in forthcoming weeks. He is reportedly keen in ending his move back to Stamford Bridge after just one year, and a return to the blue side of Milan is thought to be the preferred option for the Belgium international.
Real Madrid have joined Chelsea in the race to sign upcoming goalkeeper Slonina.
The Blues have monitored the youngster in recent times ahead of trying to find a suitable replacement for the outgoing Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, Los Blancos who have already beaten Chelsea to the pound for Aurelien Tchouameni could heap double pain on the west Londoners.
This is because, Fabrizio Romano has tweeted: ‘Exclusive: Real Madrid are preparing opening bid for talented goal scorer Gabriel Slonina, born in 2004.
‘Chicago Fire are waiting for the first proposal to arrive soon for USMNT goalkeeper. ‘