There are a number of forward players on Chelsea’s summer transfer list. Raheem Sterling, Christopher Nkuku, Johnathan David, Darwin Nunez and Ousmane Dembele have all been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. There has also been long term interest in Sevilla’s Jules Kounde who was tipped to make a move to Stamford Bridge last season.
The transfer window will soon be officially open and Chelsea are able to participate in negotiations with players now the takeover has been completed. After months of uncertainty within the camp, the Blues finally have a new owner. It comes as a relief to Thomas Tuchel especially, who will need as much support as possible as he plans to rebuild his squad.
Todd Boehly well be under pressure to deliver in his first transfer window with Chelsea. He will be stepping into a large void left by Roman Abramovich who was not shy in spending. His first signing should make a statement to ensure that he hits the ground running in the right direction.
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Chelsea have a pool of choices to discuss over the next couple of months. Thomas Tuchel himself has claimed that he will not be taking a holiday as there is so much work to do over the summer. Each transfer made must make a statement highlighting that Chelsea are ready to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City next season. The first transfer must show that Todd Boehly means business. The first signing under Roman Abramovich was Glen Johnson. Boehly has the opportunity to do better.
So who should be first?
I cannot stress the importance of signing Jules Kounde as early as possible. Following a collapse in negotiations with Sevilla last summer, Marina has some unfinished business. Kounde is France’s hot young talent at Center-back. With the departure of Christensen this summer, I can not think of anyone better to replace him. It will show that Boehly means business, yes, but he is an Abramovich era target. It is unfinished business. Not a fresh signing triggered to set off the rest of the era.
Ousmane Dembele would be a stellar signing for any team. Not only is he just a remarkable player, but he is also free! A free agent with as much talent as Dembele needs to be snatched up as soon as possible. Paris St German, Arsenal and Manchester United are all putting up a fight for the Frenchman. Even Barcelona failed to reconcile with the player despite positive contract extension talks. The thought of Boehly singing a young, free, talented attacker amid interest from top clubs in Europe is mouth-watering.
However, with this transfer comes doubts. There’s a doubt that he could end up as another Christian Pulisic. A talented young man, with all it takes to be the best but hampered by injuries. Ousmane Dembele is notorious for his injury record. Since his move to Barcelona in 2016, he has missed 82 games. To put that into perspective for Chelsea fans, Pulisc has only missed 62 in his entire career. A great signing but a shaky first choice.
My last nominee for first Boehly signing would have been Neymar Jr, but I fear that my dream transfer may not become realty in time for Thomas Tuchel. The next best option would be Raheem Sterling. A Premier League proven ball of attacking fire? Yes please. It would be a sweet steal from Pep Guardiola if this transfer was to happen.
According to Give Me Sport journalist Dean Jones, Sterling was ‘not impressed’ with being left out of the side that played Aston Villa in the final Premier League game of the season. Jones added that the 27-year-old ‘could be tempted’ by a move abroad. There’s only one year left on his contract so time is ticking for Sterling to decide on his future.
An experienced forward with Premier League credibility, a Champions mentality and a key figure to one of our rival’s success. We have a winner!
Let me know in the comments below who you think should be Chelsea’s first signing in the Todd Boehly era.