Following the takeover of the west London club, Chelsea transfer news has moved into high gear as Thomas Tuchel aims to reshape his squad this summer.
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Given all the uncertainty surrounding the ownership situation at Chelsea, things have been quiet in terms of earnings. Not now.
With Chelsea losing Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen and Romelu Lukaku all set to move on, we can expect a busy summer at Stamford Bridge.
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Below we recap the latest completed deals, reports and rumors and give our analysis on Chelsea transfer news as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) walk you through the next eventful months.
Chelsea 2022-23 confirmed transfers and signings
Antonio Rudiger – Real Madrid (free transfer)
Andreas Christensen (end of contract)
Danny Drinkwater (end of contract)
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June 11 – USMNT goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina chased by Chelsea, Real Madrid
According to Fabrizio Romano, a potential deal for USMNT goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, 18, is entering “important hours” as Chelsea and Real Madrid are the first to sign him. The Chicago Fire goalkeeper has been a target for Chelsea for many months and now that they understand their ownership situation, they can start trying to sign players again.
Should Slonina sign for Real or Chelsea? He won’t play regularly for either team but it would allow him to develop alongside some of the best goalkeepers in the world and also go on loan to Europe to gain valuable experience. (JPW)
Important hours are coming for the transfer of Gabriel Slonina. Real Madrid made an official bid rejected by Chicago Fire last week – but Chelsea are also in talks to sign him, having been very close last February 🚨🇺🇸 #CFC
Decision to be made soon – this will be one of MLS’ record transfers. pic.twitter.com/yrAYjITU6T
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 11, 2022
June 10 – Four players join Antonio Rudiger in leaving Chelsea as free agents
Andreas Christensen, Charly Musonda, Danny Drinkwater and Jake Clarke-Salter have all left Chelsea as free agents. After Antonio Rudiger left as a free agent and signed for Real Madrid, this foursome were also expected to leave when their contracts expired. Chelsea had been keen to keep Danish centre-back Christensen, but he is expected to join Barcelona this summer.
If this move doesn’t happen due to Barca’s financial situation, Christensen won’t be short of options. With the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Romelu Lukaku and several other strikers (see below) uncertain, the summer is shaping up to be very intriguing at Chelsea. And, oh yes, they also have new billionaire owners who want to make their mark. (JPW)
June 9 – Chelsea could also sell Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech
Thomas Tuchel is set to revamp Chelsea’s defense this summer but the attack could also lead to a change in personnel as the Blues are said to be willing to listen to offers from Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.
Of course, one of these names will jump off the page on this site. Pulisic, 23, has made no secret of his desire to play and many clubs would be happy to give him the opportunity.
Pulisic and Werner feature on CIES’ list of 100 best transfer values in the world and could fetch a pretty penny for a Chelsea club that could also lose a third name on that list: Romelu Lukaku.
Was he really underused last season, and is it the same for Werner? or Ziyech? Or Lukaku? We take a deeper dive here (NM).
June 8 – Chelsea want big money to loan Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan
After his failed return to Stamford Bridge this season, Romelu Lukaku is hoping to leave the club again this summer. He wants to return to Inter Milan, and Inter Milan would love to get him back, but there’s just one problem: Chelsea have already sunk around $155m in the signing (transfer fee plus first-season salary), so they would like to be compensated (graciously) in order to re-(de)-buy back the 29-year-old Belgian striker, even on loan. According to a report from Guardian, the Blues could demand up to $31 million in initial loan fees, plus a significant chunk of Lukaku’s $21 million annual salary. (EA)
June 8 – Ibrahim Sangare at Chelsea or Man United
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea in reports that the combative midfielder plans to be in the Premier League next season.
Sangare, 24, has a release clause of $44million and has three years left on his contract with PSV, having left Toulouse, then in Ligue 2, at the start of the 2020-21 season.
He recorded the third-most tackles in the Eredivisie last season with 95 and the third-most interceptions with 74, scoring three goals while passing the ball nearly 87%. (NM)
June 1 – Chelsea still interested in USMNT keeper Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina
A report of Goal.com says Chelsea are still interested in signing USMNT goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina. The 18-year-old is a starter for the Chicago Fire and recently turned down a call-up to the Poland national team to represent the USMNT. Real Madrid would also like to sign Slonina, who is one of the best young goalkeeper prospects on the planet. Would this move be good for the young American? He would almost certainly be loaned out and getting regular minutes is key as he wouldn’t come close to challenging Edouard Mendy for the starting spot. (JPW)
May 31 – Romelu Lukaku could return to Inter Milan on loan
According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan board will meet Lukaku’s representatives today. He claims Lukaku ‘dreams of a return’ to Inter but nothing has been discussed with Chelsea. Lukaku, 29, only joined Chelsea from Inter last summer for a whopping $122.6 million. However, after a strong start to the season, his form dropped significantly and he scored just eight Premier League goals in 16 starts. Chelsea’s attack has been their main problem throughout the season and Tuchel wants to revamp it this summer as Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic could all be on the move. It has been reported elsewhere that Lukaku could initially return to Inter on loan. (JPW)
Inter’s board will meet with Romelu Lukaku’s lawyer in the coming hours. Belgian striker dreams of returning to Inter but nothing has been discussed with Chelsea yet on formula, salary and more 🔵 #CFC @SkySport
It’s a really complicated matter as Chelsea paid €115m for Rom a year ago.
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 31, 2022