Thomas Tuchel still has a few huge weeks ahead of him. The Chelsea boss is tasked with completely freshening up his squad with just weeks to go before pre-season preparations for the next campaign.
The defense has been left thin in depth, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving the club as free agents, while the midfielder struggles with the prospect of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho doing the same next summer . Up front there are plenty of options but none could fire under Tuchel last time out.
Discussing the matter of finding the net, the manager said: “We demand a lot from our strikers in terms of intensity, so there are several reasons why things may be like this and we are there.”
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The summer transfer window is the perfect opportunity for the German manager to address these issues, whether it’s with his style of play, the options available to him or a combination of both. This does mean, however, that some members of the current squad may have to leave in order for some players to join.
Romelu Lukaku could be one of them as reports suggest a final deal has been reached to loan him to Inter Milan. It comes a year after his club-record return to Stamford Bridge, where he managed just eight Premier League goals.
However, he may not be the only one, as journalist Antonio Vitiello, via InsiderMilan, reports that Hakim Ziyech could follow his teammate to Italy. It wouldn’t be with Inter, but rather with city rivals AC Milan.
The report claims a €5m (£4.3m) loan fee is on the table, while a €20m (£17m) call option could be included. Whether the deal materializes remains to be seen, but it would be another key release this summer, ahead of a few arrivals.
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