If this summer is anywhere near as busy as last summer, the Chelsea board have their work cut out once more.
Last year, the board broke the bank to bring in some huge signings and this culminated in the club claiming the biggest game win on the biggest stage of them all: the Champions League final. This season the assault will be on the Premier League, and with that in mind, we thought it a good idea to have a transfer round-up of the potential signings that could be made this summer. This should give us a better indication of where the club is going and what the future holds for the blues.
Because Barcelona will not be able to command such a high cost for Greizmann, he will most likely move on loan. Atletico Madrid, the forward’s former club, is rumoured to be interested in bringing him back, although Barcelona would prefer he leave the country. Luis Suarez had departed Barcelona on a free transfer the previous season after being deemed surplus to requirements. He was instrumental in Atletico Madrid’s league-winning season last season, and Barca will not want a repetition with Greizmann.
Greizmann’s solitary trophy was the Copa del Rey this season, prompting detractors to claim he has not lived up to his £107 million price tag. However, with his experience and goals, the World Cup winner would be a welcome addition to Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Greizmann will be seeking fresh pastures after a difficult few years with Barcelona, even though he is still undoubtedly at the top of his game.
Chelsea has been informed that signing Borussia Dortmund and Norway attacker Erling Haaland this summer will be a near-impossible task. After scoring 48 goals in 51 appearances for club and country last season, Haaland has become one of the most sought-after players in the world. He has a £70 million release clause in his Dortmund contract that can be exercised next summer. Chelsea, Manchester United, and Real Madrid have all expressed interest in purchasing him this summer at a premium price.
According to a source close to the talks, Dortmund does not want to trade Haaland mainly because they are already allowing Jadon Sancho to join United in a £73 million deal this month. According to Sky in Germany, Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, demands a €40 million (£34.2 million) commission as part of any deal for the Dortmund striker.
Chelsea is expected to make a move for Lukaku, 28, according to the Guardian. He is the most cost-effective option. The owners of Inter want to sell players to balance the books, but they don’t want to lose Lukaku. With manager Antonio Conte having gone and players like Achraf Hakimi and Lautaro Martinez linked with exits, it appears that the core of this Inter team is about to be ripped out. Since joining Inter from Manchester United in the summer of 2019, he has been excellent. Inter finished second in 2019-20 and won the title for the first time in 11 years, with 64 goals in 95 games, including 47 in 72 in Serie A.
According to rumours in Spain, Chelsea is attempting to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, while Manchester United remains interested. Kounde is one of Europe’s most promising defenders. He has had two strong seasons since joining Sevilla from Bordeaux in 2019. Despite not having made his international debut at the time of the announcement, his performance earned him a spot in France’s Euro 2020 squad.
He did make one appearance at the competition, but now his attention is focused on his club’s future. Last summer, he was the target of Premier League attention, with Manchester City attempting to recruit him before opting for Ruben Dias. Sevilla will not sell the 22-year-old for a low price and may demand that his €80 million release clause be paid in full. However, he is still a target for several Premier League clubs.
Declan Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea for the second summer in a row. Thomas Tuchel is said to admire the West Ham United midfielder, one of England’s standout performers during their Euro 2020 campaign, in which they reached the final. According to Eurosport, the Blues are considering making an initial approach for Rice to test the club’s resolve. However, any potential transfer for the Blues could hit two major stumbling hurdles, both of which concern money. According to the source, Rice is asking for a weekly salary of £200,000, which would make him the club’s biggest earner.
Rice is rumoured to be considering leaving West Ham, but the Hammers are adamant about keeping the England international. So much so that the Hammers have set an £80 million price tag on his head, which might deter any possible suitors like Chelsea and Manchester United, both of whom are rumoured to be interested.
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