Achraf Hakimi and Erling Haaland in
Chelsea’s 2020/21 campaign ended in the best possible way as Thomas Tuchel’s men took home the most coveted award in European club football.
Against all odds, the Blues triumphed in the Champions League, beating Pep Guardiola’s Man City 1-0 to lift the trophy.
It was a well-deserved end to a season upside down at Stamford Bridge.
After spending over £ 200million on new players last summer, Frank Lampard struggled in the first six months of the campaign and received his marching orders from Roman Abramovich after just 18 months on the harness.
Tuchel, however, changed everything. He helped Chelsea move from ninth to fourth in the Premier League, but lost in the FA Cup final to Leicester before triumphing over City in Porto.
Abramovich’s thirst for more trophies is stronger than ever and it is understood that he is set to grant Tuchel a healthy war chest this summer as his side seek to dethrone City as England’s top champions. next season.
But who could sign Chelsea and what could they look like with their goals next season? talkSPORT.com has the verdict …
Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan)
The Blues have engaged in a long transfer battle with PSG for Inter’s Hakimi, with both sides denied a £ 51million offer.
Hakimi left for Inter in 2020 after two seasons loaned to Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid and thrived in Serie A last season, providing seven goals and eight assists in his debut campaign there.
His electric attacking prowess on the right flank was key to Inter’s success in their winning campaign, but questions have been raised about his place at Chelsea due to Reece James’ presence.
James is undoubtedly one of the club’s brightest talents and there are suggestions that he could be used as a right center-back if Hakimi arrives at the club.
What that means for club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, however, remains to be seen.
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
It’s no secret that Chelsea are on the hunt for a new striker this summer and Erling Haaland is at the top of Abramovich’s wishlist.
And with Harry Kane on his way to Manchester City, Chelsea will see one less rival for Haaland’s signing. He is one of the most coveted young talents in world football, terrorizing defenses across Europe when he was only 20 years old.
The Norway international scored 41 goals in 41 games in all competitions for Dortmund last season and is already one of the best strikers in the world.
And the Blues are said to be willing to take advantage of their rivals’ worst financial situation to secure a transfer for Haaland this summer.
Several reports claim Chelsea have opened talks with the Bundesliga club over a deal – reportedly in the order of £ 170million.
The Blues could offer players as part of the deal, with Tammy Abraham’s name mentioned in initial talks.
Haaland’s arrival could spell the end of a starting place for Timo Werner in the XI, with the German striker having scored just 11 goals in his debut Premier League campaign.
He would most likely be asked to form a partnership with Kai Havertz, who also struggled at the start of the 2020/21 campaign but ended it in style with good performances and the winner of the Champions League final.