October 22, 2021


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Chelsea’s five-man transfer shortlist includes Romelu Lukaku and Adama Traore

Following their victory in the Champions League final on Saturday, Chelsea can now begin preparing for next season and manager Thomas Tuchel is keen to build on their success.

Tuchel is set to sign a new deal with the Blues and he is also looking to strengthen the squad in the summer transfer window.

According to a report from the Telegraph, several names are on Tuchel’s wish list, with the 47-year-old keen to bring in a new striker.

The report states that Chelsea have already registered their interest in Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer Harry Kane.

Tuchel is also said to be after a new midfielder, with AS Monaco ‘s Aurelien Tchouameni being considered as an alternative to Declan Rice.

Wolves star Adama Traore is another player on Tuchel’s wish list, with the Spain international able to provide competition both at wing-back and in the final third.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann is also on Chelsea’s radar, with the club keen to bring another wide player as cover for Hakim Ziyech.

Ziyech is due to play for Morocco at the African Cup of Nations and could be unavailable for up to a month next season.

Chelsea will be looking to cash in on a number of fringe players this summer, with the report claiming Tuchel could have a budget of up to £200m at his disposal.

Speaking about potential new signings, Tuchel said: “Two or three could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny also change.

“That you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.

We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving because we have still a young squad and it’s now about stealing from them the chance to prove it again that they are capable of growing and evolving.

“But we have some ides, of course, to make the group stronger and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.”