Chelsea were the biggest spender in the transfer market with €280m spent

A new owner and it starts again? Todd Boehly’s Chelsea have spent more than anyone this summer on the transfer market. The delusions of grandeur are back in south-west London and it feels like being transported a few years back to the heyday of Roman Abramovich, the former boss of the Blues. In one summer, Thomas Tuchel’s team found itself almost halved.

183 million for a new defense

It cost a few million euros, but in the end, Chelsea did not set the record for the most expensive defender in the history of football by signing Wesley Fofana . The Frenchman cost “only” 80 million euros, seven less than Harry Maguire. A sacred jackpot placed on a 21-year-old player who returned in April from a serious fibula injury. But before signing the former Saint-Etienne player, the Blues also signed Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly .

With the departures of Rudiger, Christensen and Marcos Alonso, that makes three defenders out of the five generally fielded by Thomas Tuchel who have changed this summer. Fofana has not yet played with his new club, but Cucurella and Koulibaly are already established as starters. There are therefore two places left for three candidates: Thiago Silva, Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta, the Spaniard having the advantage of being able to play both in the axis and on the right side.

Aubameyang and Sterling replace Lukaku and Werner

In attack too, Chelsea replaced their starts numerically. But it was done on the gong. If the recruitment of Raheem Sterling was completed early enough in the summer for the Englishman to play the preparation with Chelsea and already make a difference in the Premier League, that of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have been finalized on the last day of the transfer window . However, Chelsea had an obvious need for his position: in addition to the Gabonese, the Blues have only one professional centre-forward, Armando Broja.

If Thomas Tuchel has already shown that he can play without a real n°9, with Havertz, Pulisic or even Mount at the forefront, the arrival of Aubameyang, whom the German coach knows well and appreciates since their common years in Dortmund, offers more tactical possibilities. “PEA” returns to the Premier League seven months after leaving rival Arsenal.

In the middle, rotation players

The Kanté-Jorginho pair, in the midfield of the Blues, is preferred by Thomas Tuchel. This is also why no big recruit has arrived at this position. On the other hand, the repeated injuries that have affected the Frenchman for several seasons force the Chelsea staff to anticipate. This is the meaning of the coming on loan of Denis Zakaria, who arrived from Juventus and who should be useful very soon with Kanté’s muscle injury.

Conor Gallagher, he is not a real rookie since he already belonged to Chelsea. But after a season on loan at Crystal Palace, he returned to his former club to play his first matches with the first team. Already twice in the league, he is both the future and the present, capable of scratching playing time this season. History of perhaps upsetting the only sector which was not during the transfer window.

Source: Robin Wattraint

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