Tuchel comments on Zouma's Chelsea future amid West Ham links
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Chelsea are chasing a world-class striker to complete Thomas Tuchel’s side this summer – and so far it has proven to be a difficult task. The Blues are in a strong position regardless, having spent £220million on transfers last year, but the feeling is that a big-money forward would make them serious contenders right across the board in 2021/22.
Chelsea’s need for a striker is obvious. Jorginho scored seven penalties in the Premier League last season and that was enough to finish as his club’s top scorer.
Timo Werner endured struggles in front of goal, contriving to miss simple opportunities and find himself offside time after time.
Kai Havertz grew into the campaign, scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final after a slow start.
Both can kick on in their second year, after a full pre-season with Tuchel, but a star striker – someone to lead the line – would make sense.
From the start of the summer there have been three high-profile options for clubs of Chelsea’s stature to compete over.
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Tottenham’s Harry Kane has made it clear he wants to leave this summer and would obviously be a huge catch for any club, having bagged 23 goals and 14 assists in the Premier League last season.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland scored a ludicrous 41 goals in 41 games last season and is the emerging star of world football.
Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku fired Inter Milan to the Serie A title with 24 goals and 11 assists in the league and is a known quantity in England.
None are straightforward to land, but there could be some encouragement for Chelsea.
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The Athletic have reported that Chelsea have turned their attention to Lukaku having encountered difficulties with Haaland.
Chelsea have made two bids for their former striker, but Lukaku has already made it clear he is happy to stay in Italy, saying in June “Yes, I am staying,” after speaking with new Inter boss Simone Inzaghi.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan’s chief executive Beppe Marotta has reinforced that stance, telling Sportmediaset: “From our side, we can say yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale.”
Despite that public stance, Chelsea could yet land Lukaku, with Inter’s financial problems perhaps making his departure a necessity.
Yet, even if they don’t, developments elsewhere in the market could still play into Chelsea’s hands.
Kane is determined to join Man City and has ramped up his attempts to force an exit from Spurs this week by missing training on Monday and Tuesday.
Daniel Levy does not want to sell, but The Athletic says City are still confident of landing their man before the August 31 deadline.
If that is the case, then there will be one fewer striker available to other big hitters and attention may well turn to next summer, when movement could be even greater.
Dortmund do not want to sell Haaland this summer because they have already lost Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, but they may well have to sell in 2022.
The Norwegian star is currently valued at around £150m by Dortmund, yet he has a release clause which will allow him to leave for just £64m (€75m) in June 2022.
That is a huge discount – and one which is sure to excite plenty of clubs. But if City sign Kane then Chelsea would be in pole position for Haaland next summer.
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Of the clubs with the financial power, status and Champions League football to tempt Haaland to join them, Chelsea look the most clear-cut.
Barcelona are experiencing huge financial problems which mean they can’t even register this summer’s signings, or Lionel Messi.
Real Madrid are targeting a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, who is also out of contract next summer.
PSG have recently handed Neymar a new contract, which will prolong his role as main man in Paris.
United have just signed Sancho to bolster their front line, while Liverpool’s front three are well established and there is a feeling owners FSG would not stump up the cash for Haaland anyway.
That leaves Chelsea, who are backed by Roman Abramovich’s millions, have an ambitious young coach, have invested heavily in their squad and have just won the Champions League, as the most obvious option for Haaland.
If Chelsea cannot land Lukaku this summer then all is not lost. The summer of 2022 could yet prove to be a golden one.
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