Thomas Tuchel will be given a £200m transfer budget this summer as Todd Boehly’s takeover of Chelsea nears completion, according to reports.
The UK government today announced that it issued a licence that permits the sale of the Blues to Todd Boehly after the Premier League approved the Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner’s takeover.
There has been uncertainty surrounding the club since the Premier League club was put up for sale in March by Roman Abramovich after the owner was sanctioned for his links to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
And now the sale looks set to go through, Tuchel and the recruitment team at Stamford Bridge can look to concentrate on future planning and potential summer signings.
The Daily Telegraph insist that Boehly will provide Tuchel ‘£200m to spend this summer with his takeover on the brink of completion’ as the American wants to give ‘a clear signal that they are serious about Chelsea making ground and eventually catching Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League’.
The report adds ‘factoring in some anticipated player sales, Tuchel is expected to have around £200m at his disposal’ with Chelsea ready to ‘act quickly and decisively’ once the takeover is rubber-stamped.
RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde are ‘near the top of an eight-man list of defensive targets’ with the Blues looking to bring in a couple of centre-backs with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both set to leave the club next month.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez are two other possibilities in that position with the Daily Telegraph claiming the pair have been ‘tracked by scouts for a number of years’.
Monaco’s Aurélien Tchouaméni is one midfielder target – but it appears likely that he will now go to Real Madrid this summer – while Declan Rice is another, although the West Ham midfielder’s £150m valuation is likely to put them off.
The report adds that ‘selling one or all of [Timo] Werner, [Hakim] Ziyech and [Christian] Pulisic could see Chelsea consider a move for Raheem Sterling’ with his future at Manchester City up in the air.