Thomas Tuchel took power. After the change of owner and management, the German technician took the lead. In addition to managing the first team, he works closely with Todd Boehly, the new boss of the Blues, on the transfer market. This, while waiting for a sports director to be appointed. The two men, who have been calling each other several times a day for months, are working on recruitment. The objective is to build the most competitive team possible in order to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool in the quest for the Premier League title.
In pre-season training in Los Angeles with his players, Tuchel is therefore active on the transfer window as he confided in an interview with several media including Soccer London. “With Todd Boehly we have a very intense and close relationship to get the signings and make the team better. Supervising transfers is not my favorite thing and in the long run the focus has to be on training. But right now, of course, my help is needed and desired. It is necessary that I stand up and take this responsibility..
Tuchel puts pressure on Kanté and Jorginho
The German then mentioned the burning issues. Regarding players at the end of the contract in 2023, such as N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho, he confided: “We were aware of the situation with Andreas (Christensen) and Toni (Rüdiger) and we don’t want it to happen again. So we are here to resolve all of this in the best interest of the club.”. Chelsea therefore do not want to lose their players freely in a year. It will therefore be necessary either to extend them or to sell them this summer. Then, the former PSG manager spoke about the departure of Romelu Lukaku, back in the form of a loan to Inter Milan one after his departure.
“There was never a meeting where I said, ‘I want this guy to go. Never. I have always been clear: if he stays, we will do everything to put him in his best place and in better shape, to improve our style of play, to make him fit in better. But it was always a possibility that he stayed. However Romelu made it very clear that he wanted to leave and the owners made the decision straight away. I’m upset we couldn’t get more out of him. Maybe it would have just taken a little longer”.
He regrets the failure Lukaku
He pursues : “who knows ? But we won’t know now. Once Romelu gave his clear opinion on the situation and there was a solution on the table, the owners made their choice and had my blessing.”. In the attacking sector, Chelsea signed Raheem Sterling. “He was the top priority for this position. I immediately gave Todd his name. Every time we played against him… it was horrible to play against him! Its main quality is its intensity and the repetition of its high intensity efforts. It’s just exceptional over the past few years.”.
The coach adds: “That’s exactly what we need to raise the level of our players, that they understand what we need. That’s what we’re so sure of and that’s why he was top of the list.”. Also on Boehly’s list was the name of Cristiano Ronaldo. The American has also exchanged with Jorge Mendes. But Chelsea abandoned this lead yesterday as Thomas Tuchel refused to sign the Portuguese star. This is not the German way of doing things, as he told journalists.
The German boss does not want an additional striker
“He (Boehly) asks for an opinion. He also has players he likes and there are players offered to him. He can always have our opinion and it’s a lively discussion. There is some sort of list, but not one where you put six names and say bring me those players or I’m leaving. I have never worked like this. But, of course, the positions are clear and the profiles are clear. Then there are one, two or three names on the list. And in transfer periods, it doesn’t take long for a fourth name, a fifth name, a sixth name to come from all sides..
But to listen to Tuchel, recruiting an attacker to replace Lukaku is not relevant. “At the moment we have Timo (Werner), Kai (Havertz), Michy Batshuayi, Armando Broja, Raheem Sterling may also be nine. Let’s see how things work. I think right now our priority is not to have another great striker. I think we have enough intensity, ability and mobility to compensate. We go from there. We have to focus on different areas first and maybe we will see later.”
The priority defense project
The CR7 track is therefore to be forgotten. Ditto for the one leading to Lewandowski. “I don’t think we have a chance, but if there is, it’s one of the best number nines. But it doesn’t make sense to comment on players from other clubs and I won’t start doing that. There are the best new numbers right now, but we’re happy with what we have. The priority is not a number 9. We signed our top priority (Sterling) and that makes me very, very happy”. Tuchel especially expects defenders. Kalidou Koulibaly is approaching. Presnel Kimpembe is targeted.
“We need centre-backs, at least two to replace Andreas and Toni. We have Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) in our team at the moment and we are moving forward with him, but there are ongoing discussions about his personal situation and what we want. I think with Thiago (Silva) in the middle, Toni on the left and Azpi or Andreas (on the right), we had the three best defenders in the world.. The Chelsea coach now hopes to be able to count on Koulibaly and Kimpembe, whom he managed in Paris and with whom he is exchanging, to support Thiago Silva. And unlike the CR7 file, Tuchel and Boehly agree on this subject.