If all goes according to plan, Chelsea Football Club will have a new owner before the conclusion of the current season, according to reports. It will be similar to what happened at Stamford Bridge over two decades ago when Ken Bates sold the club to Roman Abramovich: a new era is about to begin.
While hoping that a suitable buyer will be found to take the club forward into a promising future, fans will be pushed into the potentially chaotic environment of a summer transfer window very rapidly.
The Premier League revealed on Thursday that the summer transfer market would start on 10 June and shut at 23:00 BST on 1 September, in line with the rest of Europe’s major leagues.
In the absence of any information of who will ultimately control Chelsea or what this traditionally unpredictable club will confront next, let’s attempt to anticipate some of the most significant transactions of the forthcoming window.
A new midfielder has to been signed.
The need for a new center midfielder has been obvious for some time now, with the hope that Chelsea’s former targets remain on the wishlist and that all of this lunacy hasn’t unintentionally thrown them into the club shredder accidently.
Due to the fact that both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are going to reach the last year of their present contracts, a decision will need to be taken about their futures. Chelsea must also address the need for a more defensive-minded midfielder, something they have lacked since Nemanja Matic departed the club in 2017.
Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco and Declan Rice of West Ham United are the two most obvious targets in this situation. Both players have been on the club’s radar for some time, but Tchouameni’s price tag for West Ham’s English star may make him look more feasible given the club’s financial constraints.
The most important transfer target should still be a center midfielder, and Tchouameni’s development this season makes him an obvious choice.
Kounde becomes a Blue .
A transfer that may have occurred last summer seemed like an inevitability this year, especially in light of the club’s sanctions and ownership shift.
After a long period of chase, Chelsea failed to sign the French defender in 2021, but it looks that the European Champions will continue their pursuit of him in the future.
Spain’s Sevilla is said to be accepting of the fact that they will have to sell this summer. With Chelsea expected to lose both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, the necessity for defensive reinforcement is obvious at the moment.
Timo to be transferred on
Several current Chelsea players seem to be on their way out the door this summer, but Timo Werner appears to be the most apparent candidate.
It looks like Timo will be released from his contract at the end of the season after struggling to adjust to English football, scoring just one Premier League goal this season, and spending 89 days without making a league start under Thomas Tuchel.
Although Werner is well-liked and backed by the Chelsea crowd, he has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that surrounded his £50 million arrival in June 2020. According to recent rumors, Werner’s agency is in discussions with Borussia Dortmund about assisting the attacker in his comeback to the Bundesliga.
Despite the fact that Timo’s charm will be missed, his performances this season have been difficult to justify. This transfer seems to be the wisest decision for both the organization and the player.