The Blues still have 14 players competing at Euro 2020 and they will not return to the club until mid-July for pre-season training.
The European Championships continue apace and of the 17 Chelsea players that were selected to represent their countries, 11 remain in contention of winning the tournament come July 11.
Of course, that number will drop further tonight. England’s last-16 clash against Germany at Wembley will – no matter who comes away victorious – result in three members of Thomas Tuchel’s first-team squad heading off on their summer break after the game.
From a Chelsea perspective, that is good news as it will result in the defeated trio returning to pre-season training in mid-July rather than at the end of the month. And further eliminations in the days ahead will enable the club to make transfer decisions that have been put on hold because of the tournament.
It’s never simple to negotiate transfers or hold contract talks with players when they are away at an international tournament. Understandably, a player’s focus is firmly on helping their country achieve glory. Personal interests are often placed to one side for a month.
That is partly why Chelsea’s transfer window has, thus far, been a quiet one. And why important decisions have yet to be made or finalised.
So aside from the obvious pursuits of Erling Haaland and Declan RIce, what will be top of the Blues’ agenda once the European Championships have drawn to a close?
Both players starred in Tuchel’s back three during the second half of the campaign and have performed well for their respective countries this summer.
Yet their futures at Stamford Bridge remain uncertain with both defenders out of contract at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Blues would like to keep the duo at Stamford Bridge if fresh terms can be agreed upon. As things stand, a new deal for Christensen is likely to be struck.
The 25-year-old has been a Chelsea player since 2012 and counts towards the club’s homegrown in both the Premier League and Champions League.
He has also blossomed into an elite-level defender over the past five months, one capable of fulfilling a number of roles in a back three. He has also looked composed in a back four with Denmark.
Rudiger’s situation is more complicated. At 28 years old, the German’s next contract is likely to be the last big one of his career and, as a result, he is looking for a long and lucrative offer from Chelsea. That has yet to arrive.
Tuchel would like to keep Rudiger at Stamford Bridge and the centre-back has, according to Sky Sports, told the Chelsea head coach that he is committed to playing next season with Chelsea even if a contract offer from the club doesn’t arrive.
However, if a new deal isn’t struck, it’s highly unlikely that Chelsea let Rudiger walk away for nothing next summer and so a potential transfer before the current window shuts can’t be ruled out.
Where next for Emerson
When Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge, he made a pledge to give every player an opportunity to impress. He kept his word but as the campaign progressed, it became clear there would be one of two members of the first-team squad who were stuck on the therapy.
Emerson was one of those players. While he was a regular on the substitutes’ bench, the 26-year-old made only five appearances under Tuchel and just two of those were starts.
Yet despite his lack of game time, Emerson was still selected by Roberto Mancini for the Italy squad for the European Championships.
Four games in and the Chelsea full-back – who only has a year left on his contract – has made just a single appearance. His involvement, however, has delayed a decision on his future being made until after the tournament.
There remains interest in Emerson from clubs in Serie A and a move this summer is likely as Chelsea will not want to lose the defender on a free transfer in 12 months’ time. There is a deal to be struck when Emerson returns next month.
Olivier Giroud’s future
The Frenchman was expected to leave Chelsea when his contract expired this summer. But in April, the club made the decision to trigger the one-year option in the striker’s contract.
Giroud is now tied to the Blues until the end of the 2021/22 campaign. The reality is, however, that he moves on before then.
There is interest in the 34-year-old from AC Milan and a small fee of around £3million may be enough for Chelsea to sell Giroud. Yet any deal has been on hold for two reasons.
The first is that Giroud was away with France at the Euros and while he was a fringe player, there was no chance he’d step away from Didier Deschamps squad to undergo a medical and risk falling further behind the front three of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema.
Reason number two is a little more complicated. Chelsea would like to sign a new striker this summer and Erling Haaland is the prime target. Yet if a move for the Norwegian star doesn’t come to fruition, the Blues will have to look elsewhere.
There is a reality in which no new forward arrives at Stamford Bridge this summer, though. And if that’s the case Chelsea may want to keep Giroud around to support Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. Tammy Abraham may have departed amid interest from Aston Villa.