There are still six weeks to go of the summer transfer window and Chelsea are very much biding their time when it comes to making their moves in the market.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel wants to bolster his Champions League winning squad and has until August 31 to do it, when the window “slams shut” to coin the popular parlance.
There is frustration in some quarters on social media at the time it is taking for Tuchel and the club to bring in new faces but with the European Championships finishing only a week ago, players being on holiday and pre-season also underway at the vast majority of clubs, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.
Tuchel is also keen to run the rule over the squad he has of returning loan stars and youngsters before deciding where to go. He’s had one friendly to do that so far, the 6-1 win over Peterborough at the weekend where he sent out two different outfield XI’s for each half.
The players head off to Ireland on Tuesday for a training camp and a friendly game against a local side before returning to London to prepare for their next match, a friendly against Bournemouth on July 27.
Chelsea continue to be linked with big money moves for Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku and Declan Rice this summer but outgoings have dominated the agenda for the Blues so far.
With numbers still needing to be trimmed down, here is the latest state of play at Stamford Bridge with six weeks of the window remaining and just under a month before the Premier League season gets underway.
Outgoings has been the name of the game so far this summer as the Blues have netted themselves almost £50million by selling players.
Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud have joined AC Milan for a combined £27million, while Marc Guehi left to join Crystal Palace for £18million. Victor Moses also departed permanently for Spartak Moscow in a deal believed to be worth £4million.
There are likely to be more departing the club this summer, depending on if there are buyers of course and in a market that has been decimated by the Covid pandemic and money in short supply, that’s no easy thing.
Tuchel will have to decide on the futures of the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta, Ross Barkley, Baba Rahman and plenty of others.
Tammy Abraham’s future remains uncertain amid big interest in him from West Ham but unless the Blues can make progress in signing a new frontman then Abraham’s status remains as a Chelsea player.
The Blues are believed to want between £30million and £40million for the academy graduate, who played just 17 minutes of Premier League action between February and May last season owing to injury and non-selection, missing out on the FA Cup and Champions League final squads.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a switch to Borussia Dortmund as part of a cash plus player deal for Haaland in the German media but it is understood that is not the case.
Some youngsters could be on the verge of an exit having snubbed new deals including Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate and Myles Peart-Harris. Armando Broja bucked that trend by penning a new five-year contract at the weekend.
We all know who Chelsea are wanting to sign this summer but quite a few of them are going to be very hard to attain.
As previously reported by football.london for a few months now, Rice is valued at around £100million by West Ham and, despite the midfielder turning down offers of an improved contract in east London, it will be incredibly tough to get him out of the Hammers.
Haaland’s name won’t go away and he’s now reported back for pre-season with Dortmund. Unless Chelsea arrive with a huge offer for the striker then nothing will move forward as the Germans finalise a deal to send Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.
Lukaku is an alternative but he’s already stated his plans to stay at Inter Milan after two goal-laden seasons with the Nerazzurri.
The Athletic are reporting Danny Ings, who has turned down a contract to become Southampton’s best ever-paid player, could be a potential alternative if other targets fall by the wayside. A proven Premier League goalscorer and with uncertainty over Abraham, it might not be the worst move the Blues make.
A lot depends on how Tuchel wants to shape his squad, who he decides has no future under his watch and who does but could head out on loan. Once that is decided, and the head coach has been given free reign to do it, things might start to move forward.