Chelsea: The first six fixtures of the 2021/22 Premier League
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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wants to sign a centre-forward, with Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku the stand-out options in the transfer market. And Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia could make three quick sales to help top up the transfer kitty for such a big signing.
Chelsea may have won the Champions League last season, but Tuchel was disappointed with the shape of his attack.
The big 2020 signing Timo Werner failed to hit the ground running and looked far more comfortable in a withdrawn role behind a striker than as the lead forward in Tuchel’s preferred 3-4-2-1 formation.
And Tuchel has made no secret of his desire to strengthen the squad this summer.
“Two or three [signings] could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny change,” the German revealed recently. “That always brings new energy.
“We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover … But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger.”
Chelsea director Granovskaia’s ruthless spending last year saw the club bring in Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech before many of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals had even got the ball rolling on their transfer window business.
But the 2021 transfer operations aren’t progressing so quickly for Roman Abramovich’s right-hand woman. And, with the search stalling, Granovskaia is looking to kickstart some dealings with some quick sales.
Tammy Abraham is deemed surplus to requirements and is valued at £34million, and fellow forward Olivier Giroud could also be cut from the wage bill.
“Pending a final decision on the new club for Tammy Abraham who wants to have more space, AC Milan asked Olivier Giroud for free after reaching an agreement on personal terms with the French forward,” transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed recently.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech both struggled for regular playing time last season and, while Tuchel would prefer to keep both, the club are open to selling either, with the Englishman valued at £28m and Ziyech at £34m per Transfermarkt.
But one player who won’t be leaving is left-back Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniard was reportedly a target for Barcelona this summer as they look to build their strength-in-depth.
Alonso made just 17 appearances in all competitions across the campaign, comfortably the fewest of any of his five seasons at Chelsea.
But despite the 30-year-old’s lack of playing time, Tuchel is keen to keep Alonso at the club due to his tactical flexibility, with the player able to play as a full-back, wing-back or on the left of a back three.
And, when Barcelona came calling, Tuchel stepped in to override Granovskaia and insist that he wants to keep Alonso “at all costs”, according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo.
Chelsea start next season with a home game against Crystal Palace on the weekend of August 14 before a tough opening run of matches.
Tuchel’s side face two more London derbies early in the campaign, Arsenal away on the second weekend and Spurs away in mid-September, with fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester also coming in the opening six rounds of the season.
Clubs can still do business beyond the start of the season this year, with the window shutting at midnight on August 31.
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