If Eden Hazard recovers and Erling Haaland completes his deal, Chelsea will have an unstoppable XI.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is said to be interested in signing Eden Hazard and Erling Haaland for next season.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will be looking to capitalize on his team’s recent Champions League success with a renewed Premier League title challenge next season. The 47-year-old is apparently hoping to bolster his squad this summer by taking advantage of the transfer market, with attacking additions being the order of the day at Stamford Bridge.
Express Sport looks at the Blues lineup that may face Crystal Palace on the opening day if Tuchel is successful in landing not one, but two of his rumoured targets in the coming weeks.
After established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League last season, Edouard Mendy is nearly assured to keep his spot in goal next season.
Since joining Chelsea from Rennes a year ago, the Senegalese goalkeeper has maintained 25 clean sheets in all competitions, with his performances helping the Blues achieve European glory.
Last season, Kepa Arrizabalaga showed flashes of brilliance, but he is unlikely to dethrone Mendy as the starting goalkeeper in the coming season.
Meanwhile, following the departure of Willy Caballero, a new third-choice goalkeeper could emerge this summer, with Marcus Bettinelli, an ex-Fulham player, among the names associated with the position in recent weeks.
Chelsea’s Champions League success was largely due to their strong back three, which is expected to remain unchanged when the new season begins.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been a constant for the Blues since the turn of the year, and his absence for the game versus Palace at Stamford Bridge would be a surprise.
Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger was given a fresh lease on life last season under Tuchel’s tutelage and is anticipated to fill one of the open center-back positions on a regular basis once more.
Thiago Silva, who recently signed a one-year deal to stay at Chelsea for another season, might join him.
Tuchel’s choice to play two aggressive wing-backs has paid off for the Blues, with Reece James grabbing the eye with a confident performance on the right flank in the Champions League final.
He will very certainly be paired with England teammate Ben Chilwell, who did not make the cut. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”