What Thomas Tuchel has said on summer acquisitions
Chelsea head coach, Thomas Tuchel has earlier proclaimed the he will be considering two or more new signings to boost his squad.
He claimed “Two or three (signings) could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny change; that you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.
“We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it’s not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again, that they are capable of growing and evolving. But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger, and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.”
Chelsea Monitoring Three Centre-Back Options to Bolster Defence This Summer
Chelsea have placed three centre-backs on their wishlist this summer, according to reports.
The Blues are looking to add strength to their defence after securing Champions League glory last term, with there being uncertainty around the future of Antonio Rüdiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen at Stamford Bridge.
Erling Haaland and Declan Rice remain the west London outfit’s top targets ahead of what could be a title-challenging season, but the club are adamant on recruiting a world-class defender to solidify their backline ahead of the new campaign.
According to The Daily Express, Chelsea’s three-man defender wishlist features Real Madrid’s Raphaël Varane, Brighton’s Ben White and Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle, who could all be on the move this summer.
The recent departures of academy graduate duo Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi to AC Milan and Crystal Palace respectively mean that Thomas Tuchel’s side need to add significant cover at the heart of defence as they aim to challenge on all fronts next term.
White, 23, has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal, but Chelsea’s rivals have had two bids rejected for the England international, who has also attracted interest from Manchester City.
Manchester United are currently leading the race to land Varane, who is looking for a new challenge after a ten-year trophy-laden spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bayern star Niklas Süle has been rumoured to be on Tuchel’s radar for months, but it remains to be seen if Chelsea pursue their interest in the Germany international, who is entering the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena.
Sevilla’s Jules Koundé has also been named as an option, with Chelsea looking to kick on from their European success by competing on the domestic front.
Chelsea Interested in Villareal Defender to Replace Alonso and Emerson
Chelsea have identified Villareal’s wing-back Alfonso Pedraza as a potential replacement for Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, according to reports.
Both Alonso and Emerson have been linked with moves abroad, predominantly to the Serie A.
As per Will Faulks, Chelsea’s interest in Pedraza is serious.
The Blues will look to sign the defender later in the summer if both Alonso and Emerson depart.
Villareal are said to be open to selling the player, with Pedraza happy to move for a big wage increase.
The full-back is coming off the back of a Europa League winning season with the Spanish club, who Chelsea face in the UEFA Super Cup in August.
Napoli appears to be the most likely destination for Emerson, who is coming off the back of a Euro 2020 winning campaign with Italy.
The current Napoli manager has previously hinted at a deal for Emerson.
Spalletti coached Emerson during a brief period at Roma and could be reunited with the defender if a deal can be reached.
The Argentine manager said: “I can’t say if I called Emerson to join Napoli or not… maybe yes, maybe it’s happened.”
However, the full-back has also been linker with Inter Milan and Roma this summer.
Alonso will also be allowed to leave Chelsea for the right price this summer.
Inter Milan have shown a lot of interest in Alonso and were previously in talks with the Spaniard over a move as part of a deal for Achraf Hakimi.
However, Hakimi opted to move to Paris Saint-Germain so a move for Alonso never came to fruition.
Alonso has attracted interest from several other top European clubs including Barcelona, whilst it is also thought that AS Roma are looking at the wing-back.
If both players find their way out of Chelsea this summer, expect a move for Pedraza to happen.