Antoine Griezmann and Erling Haaland entered, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi absent? What Chelsea could look like next season with transfer goals and Stamford Bridge exits looming
Chelsea won their second Champions League trophy just over six weeks ago and owner Roman Abramovich’s desire for more silverware is stronger than ever after the triumph.
The Russian billionaire Blues owner wants to spend the money this summer and make sure his side can face a tough challenge for the Premier League crown next season.
Manager Thomas Tuchel did a great job in the second half of last season, succeeding Frank Lampard in January and leading the West London club into the top four and delivering the holy grail of the Champions League .
However, he will know that new names need to be bought in order to close the gap between them and Manchester City, who finished 21 points ahead of them in the league.
Some big names have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea will have to sell stars in order to make them part of the club with one of the biggest teams in the division.
But who could be sold and brought in, and how could they line up next season? talkSPORT.com has established some potential Chelsea XIs for the 2021/22 campaignâ¦
The left-back was impressive for Italy when he was called upon to replace Leandro Spinazzola following his devastating injury.
He put in a superb performance as the Azzurri took home the trophy and a return to Italy was hinted at with Ben Chilwell being the first choice at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea want him taken off payroll and are asking for a permanent transfer, with Napoli most strongly linked to his services.
Tuchel prefers Marcos Alonso over Emerson and it is believed the latter could attract higher fees as he is still only 26, so don’t be surprised if he moves this summer.
The 23-year-old has thrived under Lampard, but his opportunities under Tuchel are scarce.
The striker has only started three Premier League appearances after the German arrived in January.
Football Insider claim David Moyes’ West Ham is currently the favorite to land the Chelsea forward, although a return to Aston Villa on a permanent deal has also been mentioned.
Abraham scored 12 goals and recorded six assists last season and his days at Stamford Bridge seem to be numbered.
Zouma has fallen down the pecking order in the second half of last season, starting just seven of our last 21 league games, and Chelsea are set to cash in this summer.
The Frenchman is in his prime and it’s understood he’s not ready not to sit on the bench during his prime.
Roma want to sign the defender on loan, with Jose Mourinho an admirer of the center-back.
However, Chelsea want a permanent deal and have set their asking price at Â£ 30million for the 26-year-old.
In order to fund a Haaland’s move, Chelsea are said to be willing to sell Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech and Abraham.
However, with Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi both able to play on the right, it is likely that only one of them will be allowed to leave and the latter seems the more sensible option.
Ziyech has had a difficult first season in the Premier League, but the Blues are unlikely to cut their losses on the Morocco international by Â£ 33million after just a year.
Hudson-Odoi, still only 20 years old, would also attract much higher fees given his age and potential.
However, he could become a world-class player – just like Jadon Sancho – and Chelsea might regret selling him.
It’s no secret that the Blues are on the hunt for a new striker this summer and Haaland is at the top of Roman Abramovich‘s wishlist.
Reports suggest the Russian billionaire is ready to sanction a Â£ 150million move to sign the Borussia Dortmund sensation.
The Bundesliga club are only interested in listening to offers from this region and will seriously consider such an offer, with Haaland’s release clause next summer at just Â£ 67million.
Haaland scored 41 goals in 41 games in all competitions for Dortmund last season and is already one of the best strikers in the world.
Antoine Griezmann (loan)
The Blues are preparing a shock loan for the 30-year-old, who failed to regain his best form at Barcelona after his massive Â£ 107million transfer from Atletico Madrid in 2019.
According to Daily Express, Tuchel’s team are considering bringing him temporarily to Stamford Bridge.
If he moves to West London, the Blues’ attack will be filled with a number of big names – and Griezmann could even be used as a backup.
It is not only linked to Griezmann, with Federico Chiesa – one of the stars of the victorious Italy squad – is also rumored.
How could they line up?
If Chelsea seal deals for Haaland and Griezmann, the Blues’ strength in depth will be insane and without a doubt one of the strongest teams in the league.
In fact, the Blues could even field two strong teams if they make the deals for their targets.
Traditionally, Tuchel likes to use a back five and Griezmann could be used as Mason Mount’s replacement on the right wing.
Timo Werner, who had a difficult first campaign at Stamford Bridge, could be relegated to the bench in place of Haaland.
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Tuchel, however, could use a back four to unlock deep blocks and that could see more attackers used.
In an alternate lineup featuring some of the potential substitutes, Griezmann could be used to the right of a top three.
Christian Pulisic could be on the left wing with Werner as the main attacking attacker, while Hakim Ziyech could be used in the No.10 role behind the top three.
With Kante quite injury-prone, Matteo Kovacic could enter the roster as a more than practical replacement.
At the rear, Cesar Azplicueta can replace at the right-back and Marcos Alonso on the opposite flank, with Antonio Rudiger and Christensen at the rear.