Thomas Tuchel will hope to recruit well this summer and build on their Champions League success in the 2021/22 campaign.
Chelsea’s 2020/21 season had the fairytale ending as Kai Havertz fired the Blues to their second Champions League trophy last Saturday.
It was a perfect conclusion for Chelsea, who have improved dramatically since the arrival of German coach Thomas Tuchel in January.
Despite the Blues’ impressive end to the season, Tuchel is likely to offload a number of players this summer as he hopes to bring in some of his own in his first transfer window as Chelsea boss.
While the big names will undoubtedly be linked with Chelsea and other European giants – what about those players who have gone under the radar?
Here, football.london details three hidden gems the Blues should target this summer as they look to close the gap at the top of the Premier League table.
Donyell Malen joined Arsenal when he was just 16 and impressed everyone at the esteemed Hale End academy during his first two seasons in north London.
It was then a major blow to the Gunners when Arsene Wenger sold Malen to PSV in the summer of 2017, citing Malen’s controversial agent Mino Raiola as the reason for offloading the youngster.
Since moving back to his native Holland, Malen has excelled for the Red and Whites, bagging 55 goals and 24 assists in 116 first-team appearances, a hugely impressive stat line considering he is just 22-years-old.
Malen has excited everyone in the Eredivisie, combining dazzling skills, raw speed and sharp finishing as he has developed into an incredibly accomplished forward in recent seasons.
With Olivier Giroud’s contract expiring this summer and Tammy Abraham potentially on the way out of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will be looking to bring in a forward to replace the pair and Malen could be the perfect candidate considering his age and versatility.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have formed a formidable midfield pivot since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in west London.
However, the German may look to add another central midfielder to the mix as the Blues will again look to fight in all four competitions next season.
If Tuchel does dip into the transfer market he should look to Monaco’s Youssouf Fofana as an exciting backup for the aforementioned duo in the middle of the park.
Fofana averages over three tackles a game but he is much more than an aggressive holding midfielder, he also has a keen eye for a pass, recording 65 shot-creating actions in Ligue 1 last season, more than Kante or Jorinho managed in the 2020/21 campaign.
Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori is set to leave the club this summer with a move to AC Milan, whom he spent the last six months on loan with, nearing completion.
Tomori’s departure combined with the fact Thiago Silva is almost 37-years-old may mean the Blues could target a centre-back this summer to bolster their defensive options.
If Chelsea are in the market for a commanding centre-back then Dutch defender Sven Botman could be the perfect candidate for Tuchel’s favoured 3-4-3 system.
Botman joined Lille last summer, replacing Arsenal centre-half Gabriel in the heart of the Les Dogues defence.