Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has grand ambitions to add fresh talent to his squad this summer in a bid to turn his side back into genuine Premier League title contenders.
It has been a slow start to the summer transfer window for Chelsea in terms of new arrivals.
After winning the UEFA Champions League title for the second time last month, the Blues, who will lock horns with London rivals Crystal Palace on the opening day of the 2021/22 Premier League season, were tipped by almost everybody to immediately loosen their purse strings and attack this summer’s window from the off.
So far, the Blues’ club photographer has not been called upon once to snap any pictures of any new additions, with the west London club’s window, certainly so far, having been dominated by departures.
A number of faces have left Stamford Bridge since the window opened, including centre-back Fikayo Tomori, who has sealed a permanent move to AC Milan, Victor Moses, who has joined Spartak Moscow, and Marco van Ginkel, who has made the switch to PSV Eindhoven, plus several others who have moved onto new chapters.
However, head coach Thomas Tuchel’s wait for his first signing as Chelsea boss is still ongoing, meaning there is a slight sense of frustration from the supporters beginning to kick in. But, in fairness to the Blues, it is big-money deals that they are chasing.
Tuchel wants to add three new faces, as a minimum, to his squad this summer, with a right-sided defender, a central-midfielder and a striker all at the very top of his list. But to make those dreams become a reality, certainly for the calibre of player that Tuchel is chasing, Chelsea need to be patient, with the big-money deals often coming late on in the window.
It is believed that Wolverhampton Wanderers star Adama Traore, Declan Rice of West Ham United and Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland are amongst Tuchel’s top targets, highlighting just how much money would need to be spent this summer to land the trio.
Although Chelsea already find themselves in a strong financial position, they also have a number of players that could be sold this summer to bring in fresh funds that can then be reinvested into the squad for new additions.
But who could the Blues offload this summer to bring in those funds they need to sign the likes of Rice and Haaland?
Having analysed the squad closely, football.london has picked out ten players that could be sold on a permanent basis during this window to bring in a cash injection.
First up, the headline departure would be that of Tammy Abraham, who is reportedly wanted by former loan club Aston Villa. Reports in the national media over the weekend claimed that Villa are ready to spend £40million to try and lure the former Swansea City loanee back to Villa Park.
Two other big names that could be offloaded this summer are Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso, both of whom are being targeted by AC Milan, as they look to complete a summer recruitment drive of their own. According to data provided by transfermarkt, Ziyech has a current market value of £34.2m and Alonso is valued at £10.8m. Another player on Milan’s radar is Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman is currently valued at just under £4m at £3.6m.
Other players that Chelsea are likely to try and offload this summer include full-backs Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmieri. The duo have a combined current value of £18m. Zappacosta has a current market value of £7.2m whilst Emerson has a £10.8m valuation slapped next to his name.
Chelsea are also well-stocked in central-midfield when it comes to fringe players and those probably not seen as options within Tuchel’s plans. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley are all likely to leave and could secure Chelsea, according to their current values, a very tidy £38.7m windfall. Bakayoko and Barkley are both valued at £18m each whilst Drinkwater’s value has sunk to just £2.7m, although it is likely that the Blues would demand more for his services.
Finally, the last player that you would say is likely to also seal a Stamford Bridge exit this summer is Belgium international Michy Batshuayi. He is valued at £9m and is most probably going to leave the west London club in the coming weeks.