The summer transfer window may have only officially opened for business in England yesterday, but already Chelsea are looking to put plans in place ahead of the start of next season.
Fresh from winning the UEFA Champions League just under a fortnight ago, the Blues have grand ambitions to lay their hands on the Premier League title next term and continue their success under Thomas Tuchel.
Since being appointed Chelsea boss in January, Tuchel has transformed the Blues’ fortunes, turning them from mid-table sitters to top four finishers and European champions.
But in an attempt to take his side to the next level ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, Tuchel has aspirations to add three new faces to his squad during this summer’s transfer window, with a right-sided defender, a central-midfielder and a striker understood to be on the German’s wish list.v
It is no secret that bringing in a new striker is Tuchel’s top priority and it is believed that Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland is the former Paris Saint-Germain chief’s top choice, with the Norway international continuing to go from strength to strength as each month passes by.
Although Chelsea would be forced to spend over £150million to land the 20-year-old, who netted 41 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions this season, they would be inheriting a star for the here and now, as well as the future, with his ceiling absolutely unimaginable.
If Chelsea were to swoop for Haaland this summer and successfully bring him to Stamford Bridge, he could be reunited with former Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi. The Morocco international, now on the books of Inter Milan, has been the subject of a £56.1million bid from Chelsea, as Tuchel looks to bring the former Real Madrid man to west London in a bid to bolster the right wing-back role.
Although Chelsea are prepared to spend big-money this summer, it remains to be seen whether or not they could complete a double swoop for Hakimi and Haaland that would cost around £200million.
But if Chelsea’s hierarchy are prepared to listen to Hakimi’s verdict on Haaland they may be willing to spend big to sign the Dortmund sensation.
“When you have an attacker like him, a goalscorer who scores a lot, who lives for that, it helps enormously,” said the Milan defender in an interview with Tele Foot.
“We hope that he will continue to score for a long time like that. It is good for the team and he wants to finish as top scorer in the competition (Champions League).”
With Hakimi knowing first hand what it is like to play with Haaland from their time together at Dortmund, Chelsea could potentially be handed a boost in their hopes of landing the Norway star if they bring Hakimi in first.
Inter are said to want around £60million for Hakimi, meaning Chelsea are slightly short of their valuation at this moment in time.
But if the Blues do match Inter’s demands and sign Hakimi, he could influence Haaland to join Chelsea, especially if he has told Tuchel just how much talent he would add to the squad.
Haaland is said to be ‘interested’ in joining the Blues, meaning Chelsea will be hopeful that they can convince Dortmund to sell him with a huge offer.