Rice, De Ligt and Sterling all on the cards as Boehly hands Tuchel Klopp-like control at Chelsea

Date published: Wednesday 8th June 2022 11:14 - Will Ford

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly will reportedly hand over complete control of transfers to Thomas Tuchel as the Blues boss is set to be handed £200m this summer.

The strategy under Roman Abramovich had been for Tuchel and his predecessors to have a say in transfer moves, but those deals would have to suit those above the manager at the club.

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But The Telegraph claim Tuchel will now have control over all arrivals and departures, starting from this summer.

The German boss will still work with directors Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech, but the pair will now be tasked with delivering the players Tuchel recommends.

Boehly is thought to be keen on emulating the strategy used by both Liverpool and Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp consistently signing the players they want to improve their squads.

One of the imminent decisions faced by Tuchel is what to do about Romelu Lukaku, with widespread reports suggesting he will move back to Inter Milan on loan.

The report states that Tuchel will sit down with Boehly this week to discuss Lukaku’s departure and the other comings and goings at Stamford Bridge.

Ousmane Dembele is out of contract and has been heavily linked, and doubts over his injury record could be put to the side if Tuchel is keen on reuniting with the former Borussia Dortmund star.

But The Telegraph claim there hasn’t been any great progress when it comes to Dembele and they’re looking at other options, including Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.

The report also states that ‘Boehly is ready to fund a move for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt if Tuchel prefers him to Josko Gvardiol’, as the club look to strengthen their centre-back options.

The defence will be a priority given Antonio Rudiger’s move to Real Madrid, Andreas Christensen’s likely switch to Barcelona and lingering doubts over the futures of both Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

It’s also claimed that ‘West Ham star Declan Rice’s return to Stamford Bridge cannot be ruled out despite his £150m price tag’.

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