After their success in reaching the Champions League semi-final, and with an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon this weekend, there’s a real possibility that Thomas Tuchel’s impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge could still yet end with some silverware.
Yet despite this, the wheels are already in motion for next season, and it seems as though bringing in a new forward who can add greater firepower to the Blues’ attack is one of this summer’s key objectives.
As a result, there’s been a number of big names linked to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, these include Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.
But from those big names linked, who would actually represent a good piece of business for the Blues and therefore be worth perusing?
You’ve most likely been living under a rock if you haven’t noticed the regularity in which Haaland has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months.
Despite his young age, 20, the Norwegian has already established himself as one of Europe’s biggest names thanks to a remarkable first 12 months with Borussia Dortmund in which he scored 49 goals in 49 games, as well as racking up a further 11 assists.
Even this season and despite a recent barren spell, by his standards at least, of seven games without a goal, he’s still registered a very impressive 42 goal contributions across all competitions.
In terms of an all-around package, the youngster has it all. He’s fast, powerful, accurate and knows how to get himself into the best scoring locations.
Yet it’s worth noting that his profile is that of a traditional No.9, and notably, Tuchel has opted to avoid playing a centre-forward at all in recent matches, despite the likes of Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner being available for selection.
It’s not clear whether his decision to play without a recognised striker is because he doesn’t rate the players available, or due to the fact he enjoys the fluid and dynamic attack formed by the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic instead, however, Haaland’s arrival would disrupt that.
His ability would most likely make it worthwhile, yet there’s no guarantee Chelsea would have both the funds or the pull to see off the other European powerhouses interested in the Norwegian star, therefore it’d be foolish for them to put all their eggs in this one basket.
It’d prove to be the story of the summer if Chelsea could somehow prize Kane away from Tottenham, yet, rumours do continue to gather momentum linking the two.
The 27-year-old still has three years left on his current deal, as a result, his signature wouldn’t come cheap, yet Chelsea might see him as a player worth the outlay, specifically given the impact he could have on their attack should he arrive.
Obviously, his goalscoring record is almost unrivalled by any player across the Premier League and he’s netted a remarkable 162 Premier League goals in just six and a bit seasons.
Yet, he’s pulled another rabbit out of the hat this season by adapting from a predominantly out and out goalscorer to also a creator for teammates around him.
He’s done this by no longer focusing solely on finishing moves but also now looking to drop into deeper zones of the pitch, picking up the ball and then acting like his team’s advanced playmaker.
This is interesting from a Chelsea perspective given the brilliant attackers who’d be around Kane. You could quite easily foresee the likes of Mount benefiting from the England captain’s movement and passing range in the same way Son Heung-min has for Spurs throughout the season.
He might be older than Haaland, but his appeal is clear and it’d be a great move for Chelsea if they could get a deal over the line, especially considering that it’d significantly weaken a direct league rival.
Over his decade in the North West, Aguero has highlighted himself as one of the most lethal finishers the Premier League has ever seen. This point is captured by the fact that his strike rate of 108.23 minutes per goal since the start of the 2011/12 season is the best of any player during that time.
Not just a great goalscorer, but he’ll also depart from the Etihad a serial winner having scooped up four Premier League titles, the FA Cup and five League Cups, a haul he’s sure to add to between now and the end of the season.
The fact that he’ll be available for free in the summer makes him extremely appealing from a Chelsea perspective. Tuchel will have eyes on challenging for the Premier League next season, and perhaps he” see Aguero as a proven winner who can provide a good short-term boost to his side’s attack.
Despite turning 33 this year, he remains as sharp as ever and his 16 league goals last season averaged out a very impressive 0.92 goals per 90.
However, his general availability for selection has started to rapidly decline in these twilight years of his career as a result of recurring injuries and subsequent fitness issues.
His combined total of 1951 league minutes across this season and the last is fewer than he managed in the 2018/19 campaign alone. Therefore, any deal offered would have to take into account the possibility that he might not be available for selection each week.
Dybala was back to his best again last season, netting 17 goals and a further 11 assists in just over 3000 minutes of competitive action.
However this season he’s found the back of the net on just four occasions after missing most of the season trying to recover from various injuries and COVID-19.
This poor season has coincided with the 27-year-old edging towards the final year of his contract in Turin, and it’s not yet clear whether the Old Lady intends to offer him an extension. This opens the door for Chelsea to swoop in for the Argentine this summer, and he’d certainly bring another dimension to the Blues’ forward line.
The Juventus forward has a goal record that speaks for itself, yet it’s his versatility and ability to play multiple roles across the attack that gives him an added layer of appeal from a Chelsea point of view.
Tuchel knows he could use him as a centre-forward, wide attacker or attacking midfielder and he’d continue to contribute in terms of both scoring and creating goals.
If Chelsea were satisfied that his fitness issues were only a one-off this season, then he’s a player certainly worth bringing to Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.