Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be aiming to make a number of additions in the summer transfer window ahead of a renewed Premier League title bid next season. The 47-year-old will be given a £150million war chest by Blues owner Roman Abramovich, according to the Daily Mail, with a top-class striker and a new central defender said to be high on the club’s list of priorities.
Express Sport looks at the Chelsea side that could take to the Stamford Bridge pitch next season if Tuchel manages to land two high-profile targets this summer.
Goalkeeper – Mendy
Edouard Mendy has been a revelation between the sticks since joining the Blues from Rennes in pre-season.
The Senegal international is up there with the Premier League’s very best goalkeepers and has played a huge role in helping the west London club progress to the Champions League final.
He is unlikely to lose his place in the side next season, with his contract running until the summer of 2025.
Tuchel will also retain a solid back-up option in Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has impressed when called upon since the German manager’s arrival.
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Defence – Rudiger, Silva, Sule
Antonio Rudiger has featured heavily for Chelsea under Tuchel, and is likely to continue as part of the club’s back three system.
Meanwhile, although Thiago Silva’s contract situation has not yet been resolved, all parties are understood to be keen on extending the Brazilian’s stay at Stamford Bridge.
Despite his age, he will be in contention to start every week when fit, but could face additional competition from Niklas Sule, who is said to be on Chelsea’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window.
It has been suggested that Bayern Munich could be tempted into selling their man for as little as £30m, leaving Chelsea with £120m to spend on additional reinforcements.
Midfield – James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell
The full-back pairing of Reece James and Ben Chilwell looks set to continue into next season, with both players performing well in their respective positions as of late.
The central midfield area is also unlikely to be disrupted too much, unless Jorginho manages to seal a summer move back to Napoli.
The 29-year-old has spoken of his fondness for Naples and Italy in a number of recent interviews, suggesting that he could be angling for a return ahead of the new campaign.
However, if he decides to stay and honour his contract, his partnership with Mateo Kovacic should carry over although Billy Gilmour’s first-team involvement could be stepped up.
Attack – Mount, Havertz, Lukaku
A move for Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku would likely take up the vast majority of Chelsea’s summer budget, with the newly-crowned Serie A champions reportedly slapping a nine-figure price tag on their attacking talisman.
The Blues are said to be tracking the Belgian’s situation with a keen interest, and could solve a key problem by convincing their former player to seal a Stamford Bridge return.
Kai Havertz has been forced to lead the line in recent outings, but Lukaku’s arrival could see him pushed back into his favoured supporting role alongside Mason Mount.
The Inter forward would undoubtedly be Chelsea’s first-choice striker, with Timo Werner likely to be dropped to the bench after failing to prove his goalscoring credentials since joining the club last summer.
Possible Chelsea XI next season: Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Sule; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku.