Chelsea’s possible lineup if two major deadline-day transfers are completed.
Chelsea has completed two acquisitions so far this summer, but Thomas Tuchel would prefer to make two more before the deadline tonight.
Chelsea still have business to do on deadline day, as Thomas Tuchel attempts to bolster the Blues’ title-challenging credentials. Tuchel’s team has had a solid start to the season, beating Crystal Palace and Arsenal before drawing with Liverpool with ten men.
So far this summer, the Blues have brought in Marcus Bettinelli as a third-choice goalkeeper and striker Romelu Lukaku for a club-record amount.
Tuchel, despite those two signings, still wants to add at least two more new players to his team.
The key position he wants to strengthen is at centre-back, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hoping to sign a new defender before the deadline of 11 p.m.
Chelsea could also use new recruits in central midfield, where there are currently only a few possibilities at Stamford Bridge.
That means the Blues might be busy on deadline day; here, Daily Express Sport looks at how they might line up if two significant deals are completed…
Edouard Mendy is the apparent first-choice goalkeeper after making six saves to help Liverpool earn a shock point at Anfield.
Tuchel will most likely keep his three-man defense ahead of the Senegal international following such a solid start to the season.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Germany international Antonio Rudiger provide leadership at the defense.
Jules Kounde, the first of Chelsea’s deadline-day acquisitions, will be the third man in defence, with the Blues still in talks with Sevilla.
Since joining from Bordeaux, Kounde has made an impression in La Liga and is Tuchel’s main aim to bolster his defensive alternatives.
Reece James has had a fantastic start to the season, with one goal and two assists, and should hold his spot at right wing-back despite his red card against Liverpool.
N’Golo Kante is perhaps the best defensive midfielder in the world, and he will start in midfield for Tuchel.
Alongside him will be Saul Niguez, the second deadline day addition, who might yet leave Atletico Madrid before 11 p.m.
If the Spaniard leaves La Liga, the Blues are one of the frontrunners to recruit him, with Tuchel wanting to bolster his central midfield options.
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