Why Chelsea’s biggest transfer window decision may not be signing Erling Haaland or Achraf Hakimi
That is no different this summer, with the window only being open for a little over 48 hours and Chelsea already claimed to be making some huge moves to take their Champions League winning squad to the next level.
Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi are the two big names that are being linked with switches to west London this summer. Chelsea are believed to have contacted parties concerning Haaland to get the ball rolling but could be prepared to wait until next summer when the Norwegian hitman will be available for half the price.
Moroccan defender Hakimi is reportedly the subject of a £50.1million bid from the Blues, matching that of Paris St Germain, who are also keen on the right back. Football.London understands the Blues have yet to make a bid however and are remaining tight-lipped on their pursuit of the Inter Milan defender.
Thomas Tuchel is expected to be given funds from Roman Abramovich to bolster his squad but it’s fair to say that wholesale changers are not needed, especially after what Tuchel has managed to achieve in such a short space of time.
Taking over from Frank Lampard with the team in ninth, the German lifted the Blues into the top four and took them on a memorable knock out run in the Champions League to glory, with Lampard laying the groundwork by getting Chelsea out of the group stage.
Tuchel himself has said there is no need for massive change this summer with his squad, he might want to trim it down a bit with some loanees returning, but he’s already got a strong enough squad there with maybe a tweak or two to take it up a notch.
He’s already got a squad packed with talent, world-class talent at that, and the biggest move that Tuchel could potentially make this season involves a player at the club already and that player is N’Golo Kante.
Enough has been said about the sheer brilliance of Chelsea’s truly world-class midfielder. He won man of the match awards in both semi finals against Real Madrid and then in the final victory over Man City to reinforce just how elite the Frenchman is.
He should be in conversation for the Ballon D’Or this season, but is unlikely to win it unless he has a stormer in this summer’s Euros for France.
Having turned 30 in March, Kante is at the peak of his powers. Yes, he needs a rest after a brutal two seasons amid the Covid pandemic and now with the Euros as well, he will barely have had any rest before the start of the 2021/22 campaign in August.
But if anyone can cope, it is Kante. That said, he will need a break so his pre-season with the Blues may well be pretty short.
The midfielder currently has two years left to run on his current five-year deal he penned back in 2018, which is believed to have made him the highest earner at the club at the time.
Kante, being as humble as ever, was asked about his contract situation after Chelsea’s Champions League success in Porto, where he didn’t give too much away, as would be expected.
“I have been at Chelsea for five years, I have enjoyed wonderful seasons,” he said.
“I hope to experience many others.
“It [his contract] is not something that I am focusing on. I have another two years of contract with Chelsea and I feel good.”
Tuchel is a huge fan of Kante, well, we all are if we’re being honest. But it’s not just that he is the nicest man in football, or the fact he is an incredible footballer to boot.
Chelsea have a squad packed with stars and have done for the past five years since Kante arrived from Leicester City after helping them to their stunning league crown.
But one thing has remained constant in those five years, despite who has arrived thanks to Abramovich’s millions – make sure N’Golo is in the team.
That has to be the way forward for not just the immediate future but for the long-term as well. Chelsea’s biggest move this summer may well be to get their world class midfielder penned down to the club through his peak years.