Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Manchester City could spell a new era for the West London club henceforth.
It’s no secret that the Blues dipped into the transfer market last summer, bringing in several high profile names, including misfiring striker Timo Werner and Champions League goalscorer Kai Havertz.
Now, after the German’s goal earned Thomas Tuchel his first Champions League trophy, the Chelsea boss will want to his team to step up another gear.
Only N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Kurt Zouma remain in the squad from the Blues’ previous Premier League triumph, so Tuchel has the opportunity to define a new era at Stamford Bridge.
To do so, the ex-PSG boss will want to bolster weaker areas of his squad, bringing in a mix of proven winners and exciting younger talents.
One of Chelsea’s biggest issues this season has been putting the ball in the back of the next, bagging the fewest goals among the top seven in the Premier League this season.
£47.5m signing Werner has struggled for form in front of goal, while Tuchel has rarely trusted striking alternatives Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud since his arrival in West London.
The Blues have been linked with a variety of options up front, including former player Romelu Lukaku, with current side Inter Milan struggling financially.
Harry Kane also looks to be on his way out, but Tottenham are said to want upwards of £200m for the England captain, and are even less likely to do business with their bitter rivals.
Therefore, the best option for Chelsea is Borussia Dortmund’s striker Erling Haaland, who was the top scorer in the Champions League this season.
The Blues could nip in ahead of their European rivals this summer, shelling out for the Norwegian before his release clause activates next year.
Despite boasting several big names in midfield, Tuchel may want to improve his defensive options.
Currently only N’Golo Kante can fulfil that role, but the former Dortmund boss could look for an option to sit alongside the Frenchman.
While Jorginho, Matteo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour have all been used in that role this season, there is one Premier League star who meets the criteria offensively and defensively.
Former Chelsea academy player Declan Rice has been in fine form for club and country this season, guiding West Ham into the Europa League.
With the Hammers sniffing around out-of-favour Abraham, the Blues could secure Rice by sending his England teammate in the opposite direction, or offer a sum of up to £100m.
Ever since the departure of Thibaut Courtois, no Chelsea keeper has been able to convince punters that they’re up to the job.
Club record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy have both been scrutinised this season, leading Blues chiefs looking for alternatives.
One such alternative is Italy No.1 Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is available on a free this summer having turned down a new contract at AC Milan.
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the safest pairs of hands in Europe, and would be a coup considering the £100m spent to bring Kepa and Mendy to Stamford Bridge.
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While Chelsea have struggled to score goals, Tuchel has transformed the team into a defensive powerhouse.
The German has brought the best out of compatriot Antonio Rudiger, while Thiago Silva, Andreas Christiansen and Cesar Azpilicueta have impressed this season.
Nonetheless, the Blues may still want to refresh their backline, and PSG captain Marquinhos looks a likely option.
Chelsea could reunite the Brazilian with national team skipper Silva and boss Tuchel, both formerly of PSG, raising the funds through the sale of Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso and Emerson.