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Chelsea transfers: Summer dealings at Stamford Bridge

| 14.07.2022

Chelsea transfers, departures and rumours

The summer is already proving to be a busy one at Chelsea, who are under new ownership.

Todd Boehly’s consortium completed the takeover at Stamford Bridge at the end of May, 85 days after Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale, and already the signs are that he means business.

We’re taking a look at the Chelsea transfers and departures since the window opened, potential targets and the latest rumours, while we have also taken a look at the best transfers of the summer.

Who have Chelsea signed?

The Blues made their first major signing of the summer in mid-July with the £47.5million capture of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City on a five-year contract.

The 27-year-old England international was in and out of the City team towards the end of last season and did not start either leg of their Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid or the Premier League title-clincher against Aston Villa on the final day.

He told the club’s website: “I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas (Tuchel’s) management.

“London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon.”

Kalidou Koulibaly has also helped plug one of the gaps at the back left by the double departure of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

The 31-year-old Senegal centre-back joined the Blues in a £34m deal from Napoli where he spent eight seasons.

Chelsea signings:

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City – £47.5m)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli – £34m)

Who has left Chelsea?

Romelu Lukaku rejoined Inter Milan on a season-long loan after his £97.5million move from the Italian giants Inter Milan fell flat.

Despite an underwhelming season, the 29-year-old Belgium striker still finished as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals, but he never recovered from an ill-advised interview at the end of 2021 in which he revealed his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge and his hope to return to Inter one day.

Lukaku was ridiculed for touching the ball just seven times in 90 minutes during a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, the fewest touches since Opta statistics began in the 2003-04 season after which he spent much of his time on the bench, which only increased his feeling that his time was up.

Tuchel suffered a double blow at the end of the season when Rudiger and Christensen both decided against renewing their contracts.

Germany defender Rudiger was offered a lucrative deal to stay at Stamford Bridge, but joined European champions Real Madrid instead for free on a four-year contract, despite interest from arch rivals Barcelona.

However, Barca did sign Christensen, whose contract with the Blues had also expired.

The Denmark international said: “Having spent 10 amazing years at this club, I felt now was the right time for a new beginning for me and my family. Mentally the last few months have been tough as it’s not been an easy decision to leave this club and the fans.”

Chelsea departures:

Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid – free)
Andreas Christensen (Barcelona – free)
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan – loan)
Danny Drinkwater (without a club)

Who have Chelsea been linked with?

Jules Kounde (Sevilla)

The Blues had been linked with a move for Manchester City defender Nathan Ake, but have now turned their attention to Sevilla’s Kounde.

Chelsea are thought to be in talks with the Spanish club in a bid to sign the France international as Tuchel looks to bring in another centre-back to accompany Thiago Silva and new signing Koulibaly.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

The Blues are also monitoring Ronaldo’s contract situation at Manchester United, who can only offer Europa League football instead of the Champions League.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has a year left on his contract, is thought to have told the club he wants to leave if an acceptable offer arrives and has yet to return to pre-season training as scheduled.

United have said the 37-year-old Portuguese is not for sale, but their resolve could be tested before the transfer window closes.

Who could leave Chelsea?

Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic could all leave Stamford Bridge, but all three players were on the Blues’ pre-season tour of the United States.

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Morocco winger Ziyech has been linked with a loan move to Italian champions AC Milan, while Werner is drawing interest from RB Leipzig.

USA winger Pulisic is thought to be a target for Juventus and Serie A champion Milan.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta had been mentioned as a potential target for Barcelona, but that rumour has gone quiet in the last few weeks.

Armando Broja, who enjoyed an excellent loan spell at Southampton last season, had been linked with a move to West Ham, but Tuchel expects the Albania striker to stay at Stamford Bridge.

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Warren Barner