Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is set to receive £200m to spend in the transfer market this summer, with new owner Todd Boehly reportedly promising six new signings.
The American took over the club from Roman Abramovich in the past month after the Russian oligarch decided to sell the Stamford Bridge club in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and British government sanctions.
Now, Boehly wants to make a statement in his first transfer window in charge and, according to a report in The Telegraph, has promised Tuchel six new players, with Champions League qualification the minimum target next season.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reportedly promising six new signings this summer
Matthijs de Ligt and Raheem Sterling are among Chelsea’s main transfer targets this summer
Among the main targets are Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde and Raheem Sterling, with Jonathan Clauss, Ousmane Dembele, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus also mooted.
The report details that Tuchel has held transfer summits with the new owner as the Blues target success in the 2022-23 campaign.
A source told The Telegraph: ‘The key is to basically work with Tuchel to come up with the best players that are available. We really want to make sure we have a good defence.
‘We’ve got depth in midfield. We’re not desperate for an out-and-out striker.
‘Fortunately, there’s reasonable opportunities in the market right now in order to satisfy the fans’ desire to be competitive. I think it’s a combination of moves and there’s five or six that we’re going to look to make.’
French internationals Jules Kounde (left) and Jonathan Clauss (right) are defensive targets
Reports from Italy state that Juventus centre back De Ligt will not sign a new contract at the club, with the Blues interested in a big-money move for the Dutchman.
Sevilla defender Kounde has been a long-term target of Chelsea’s and could move to west London, while France international Clauss – currently at Lens – is an option at right back.
Further up the pitch, Sterling’s future at Manchester City is currently not clear – with Chelsea at the front of the pack of teams interested – while Everton forward Richarlison has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park.
Everton forward Richarlison has been linked with a move away, as has Man City’s Gabriel Jesus
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele – who Tuchel worked with at Borussia Dortmund – is reportedly considering his options
Barcelona’s Dembele – who Tuchel worked with at Borussia Dortmund – is reportedly considering his options too, while Jesus could depart from Manchester City in light of Erling Haaland’s transfer to the Premier League champions.
Meanwhile, Boehly has installed himself as the club’s interim sporting director after they confirmed the departure of Marina Granovskaia.
The Blues have announced that Granovskaia, who oversaw Chelsea’s recruitment under former owner Abramovich, will follow ex-chairman Bruce Buck in leaving the Stamford Bridge club as part of the restructuring of their hierarchy.
Marina Granovskaia (left) is the latest big-name exit at Chelsea following the Boehly takeover
CHELSEA’S NEW-LOOK BOARD
Todd Boehly – Chairman and interim sporting director
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano – co-controlling owners and managing partners of Clearlake Capital
Mark Walter – co-owner, co-founder and CEO of Guggenheim Partners, owner of Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Sparks
Hansjörg Wyss – co-owner, founder of the Wyss Foundation
Jonathan Goldstein – co-owner, co-founder and CEO of Cain International
Barbara Charone – director and co-founder of MBC PR
Lord Daniel Finkelstein – columnist and former executive editor of The Times
James Pade – partner and managing director of Clearlake Capital