The emphasis is on quality over quantity at Stamford Bridge this summer as Thomas Tuchel looks to add a few additions to his Champions League winning squad.
An attacker is always on the agenda, but the Blues’ investigations have so far borne little fruit as their three main objectives seem out of reach.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane is on Manchester City’s radar, Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku has ruled out a return, while Borussia Dortmund are confident Erling Haaland is not going anywhere this year.
It looks like Chelsea also missed their other transfer priority in Inter’s Achraf Hakimi as Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly agreed to a fee of around € 71million (£ 60.9million), with a imminent agreement.
But, naturally, when it comes to Chelsea, there are always a lot of transfer rumors going around.
Here is your summary of the latest gossip around Stamford Bridge.
Bellingham ready for a new contract
Chelsea have received a heavy blow in their hopes of signing Jude Bellingham as the midfielder is in contention for a new contract at Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham was a key player for the German club last season and thus secured a call-up from England to Euro 2020.
West Ham’s high valuation of Declan Rice forced Chelsea to consider other options and it was felt that Bellingham could be acquired for a lower price.
however, The sun report that the soon-to-18-year-old is now in line for a two-year extension at the Westfalenstadion, ending any chance of him leaving this summer.
Football London report that Chelsea could now turn to Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.
AC Milan watch the Blues duo
Not content with landing Fikayo Tomori on a permanent contract, AC Milan are now preparing another raid on Chelsea as they consider two more Stamford Bridge additions.
The Rossoneri are said to be in talks on the possibility of signing Olivier Giroud, after having already had discussions with representatives of the Frenchman.
Reports in Italy even claim that a two-year agreement in principle has been reached, with only transfer fees to be confirmed between the clubs.
Now Gazzetta dello Sport report that Milan are also looking for midfielder Hakim Ziyech as the perfect replacement for outgoing playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu.
Tuchel welcomes back the pair of midfielders
Returning moneylenders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tiemoue Bakayoko will join Chelsea squad for the preseason so Tuchel can review them before making a decision on their future.
The Blues boss has already expressed his admiration for Loftus-Cheek, as he is ready to give Bakayoko a chance to prove himself.
Billy Gilmour’s impending loan departure from Norwich has opened up room in Tuchel’s squad and both players can now claim their own involvement next season.
Bakayoko has sparked interest from Italy, however, and it is believed that a decent offer for his services would be accepted by the club, who are keen to get him off the books.