Chelsea are set for a crucial summer with Thomas Tuchel’s squad expected to be changed heavily over the next few months. The Blues are expected to offload a host of players before the beginning of the 2022/23 season as the club prepares for a new chapter under Todd Boehly’s ownership.
The goal is clear as Tuchel looks to get closer to Manchester City and Liverpool next term and mount a serious title challenge. Some major surgery is needed within the squad before that is a realistic prospect, though, with the summer transfer window set to be one of the busiest in recent history for the club.
Several players are being linked with moves away, with some struggling for game time and others approaching the final year of their contracts. So, with this being said, football.london takes a look at how the Blues could generate funds to back Tuchel in the transfer market.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga has been the second-choice goalkeeper ever since Edouard Mendy arrived at the club in the summer of 2020. Mendy’s form has made it virtually impossible for Kepa to force his way into Tuchel’s plans and his lack of game time means he could be looking for a route out of Chelsea this summer.
The Spaniard is still only 27 years old and theoretically has his prime years in front of him. Kepa has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, or even a return to his home country, Spain.
Kepa funds: £12.8million
Marcos Alonso could end his almost six-year association with Chelsea in the coming months. The 31-year-old left-back featured heavily under Tuchel last season because of Ben Chilwell’s injury.
However, with Chilwell expected to be the first-choice at left wing-back at the start of next term, Alonso could look for a move away this summer. The Spaniard, who has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, has been strongly linked with a switch to Barcelona.
Cesar Azpilicueta, likewise, is almost into the final year of his contract at Chelsea. The Blues captain will be allowed to leave the club this summer should an appropriate offer come their way, football.london understand.
Alonso and Azpilicueta funds:£25.7m
Jorginho, as he seems to be every transfer window, looks like he could be on his way out of Chelsea this summer. Juventus are said to be interested in the Italy international, whose contract at the Blues expires in the summer of 2023.
His agent, Joao Santos, recently revealed his client has a “dream” of returning to Italy one day. In an interview, via Football Italia, Santos said: “Playing in Serie A is a dream for him and his heart remains here. As things stand today, he could play for four or five clubs: Milan, Inter, Juve, Roma or Napoli .”
Ross Barkley played just six times in the Premier League for Chelsea last season and with just over 12 months left on his deal, the 28-year-old could look to leave the club for good this summer. Barkley will be allowed to leave, with the former Everton midfielder clearly not part of Tuchel’s plans.
Jorginho and Barkley funds: £31.7m
Timo Werner’s second season at Chelsea was another underwhelming one for the speedy German forward. Now, as the summer transfer window approaches, the former RB Leipzig star could look for a way out of what has been a bit of a nightmare, on a personal level, so far.
Borussia Dortmund have been linked with a move for Werner. A loan move might be more realistic, with Chelsea trying to get as close to the almost-£50m they spent on him back for his services.
It’s a similar situation with Romelu Lukaku. football.london understands that Lukaku has been speaking to his agent about a possible return to Inter Milan.
The Italian club won’t be able to afford Lukaku on a permanent deal with Chelsea hoping for a figure close to the £97.5m they spent on him last summer. Bayern Munich have also been linked with the Belgian striker in recent days with Robert Lewandowski looking likely to leave the German champions.
Werner and Lukaku funds: £102.9m
All valuations were taken from CIES and were correct at the time of publishing.