There is just over a month 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 Euros finished for a couple of weeks now pre-season with only two weeks to run, things will become clearer.
Tuchel wanted to run the rule over the squad he has of returning loan stars and youngsters before deciding where to go. He’s had two to do that so far, the 6-1 win over Peterborough and a victory against Bournemouth in midweek, added to an intra-squad friendly that was played in Ireland.
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.
Youngsters Lewis Bate, Myles Peart-Harris and Dynel Simeu have all left the club, while Tino Livramento is expected to follow suit imminently.
Kurt Zouma could be another departure from the club, more on that below…
Jules Kounde is the latest name to enter the equation with Chelsea interested in signing the Frenchman from Sevilla this summer and football.london understands that the interest is genuine.
Sources have told this website that a move is unlikely to materialise for anything less than €60million despite Kounde having a release clause of €90million.
Chelsea could be tempted to throw in a player to get a deal over the line and that could be the aforementioned Zouma.
As previously reported by football.london for a few months now, Declan 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 have reported a potential move for 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.