Summer 2021: In & Out

As the dust settles after Euro 2020, the attention of every football fan is now focused on their team’s transfer activities. The disadvantage of being a supporter of a top team is the constant circulating rumours, which range from the sublime to the ridiculous.


After last season’s triumphs in the Champions League, it will be interesting to see Chelsea’s transfer strategy. We have all seen in previous successful seasons that we didn’t go out and strengthen the side. However, this time around, it could be different with there being positions that need to be bolstered.

The primary position that Chelsea will be looking to recruit for is the forward line, with the following strikers currently being linked to the club:


Erling Haaland – (10/11 to join Chelsea with SkyBet).

The Borussia Dortmund striker who scored 41 goals in 41 games last season, is someone that every major club in Europe would like to sign.

It was reported last month by Ian McGarry on the Transfer Window Podcast that personal terms had been agreed between Haaland and Chelsea. However, that still leaves the small issue of agreeing on a transfer fee.

The Norwegian has a £70m release clause in his Dortmund contract next season, although it is being widely reported that Roman Abramovich has released £150m to lure him London this summer.


Romelu Lukaku – (4/5 to join Chelsea with SkyBet).

The 28-year-old Inter Milan striker was a name heavily linked with the club earlier in the summer, but at the end of June the £100m-valued player declared that he was happy in Italy. This put a temporary end to the rumours which heavily associated the Belgium with a return to Stamford Bridge.


That being said, it seems that fresh rumours are beginning to emerge once again.

Harry Kane – (22/1 to join Chelsea with SkyBet).

When Kane dropped the bombshell that he wanted to leave Tottenham in May of this year, I think every Chelsea fan realised a move across the capital was more than unlikely.

However, odds of 22/1 are still relatively low considering the history between the two clubs.


STRIKER NEEDED, BUT WHO ELSE?

Other transfer targets that have been mentioned this summer include:


Declan Rice – (3/1 to join Chelsea with SkyBet).

The former Chelsea Academy player was released from the club at the age of 14, with reports suggesting that it could cost over £80m to buy him back.

It’s one of those transfer stories that doesn’t go away and could certainly drag on until the end of the window.


Jules Koundé

The Sevilla defender was gathering a great deal of interest from Tottenham earlier on in the summer. However, Chelsea are now reported to have declared an interest in the £69m rated 22-year-old.


Wayne Hennessey

The Welsh goalkeeper has left Crystal Palace after 7 years at the club and could prove to be a solid back-up, especially with Mendy likely to miss games due to the African Cup of Nations. Chelsea are reportedly interested in the 34-year-old alongside Burnley.


PLAYERS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE, BUT ALSO DEPART:

Of course, to fund these big money transfers the club will need to thin out the playing staff. At the time of writing, we have already seen Fikayo Tomori, Willy Caballero, Izzy Brown, Jamal Blackman, Pierre Ekwah Elimby, Danilo Pantić,Victor Moses, and Olivier Giroud leave the club. Surprisingly, defender Marc Guéhi also looks set to follow, having agreed to join Crystal Palace.


Other departures being reported are:


Tammy Abraham – (5/2 to join Aston Villa with SkyBet).

The 23-year-old fell out of favour with Thomas Tuchel at the end of last season and is now looking very likely to be depart the club. Chelsea value the striker at £40m, which has sparked interest from from Aston Villa, West Ham and Arsenal.


Callum Hudson-Odoi – (9/4 to join Bayern Munich with SkyBet).

Bayern Munich and Dortmund could be interested in a £30m deal for the 20-year-old.

Hakim Ziyech

An indifferent first season at the club and a wealth of talented players in this position means that Chelsea may cash in on the Moroccan, if the interest from AC Milan is serious.


Emerson

After a successful Euro 2020, Napoli have made registered interest in the 26-year-old defender.

Jorginho

The 29-year-old double European winner was keen to renew his contract with Chelsea just before the final at Wembley. However. it seems that after Italy’s win that his agent is changing his mind and claiming they are open to offers with Juventus looking favourites to get his signature.


Kurt Zouma

Chelsea are prepared to demand in excess of £25m to sell centre-back Kurt Zouma, amid reported interest from Roma.

(All current SkyBet odds accurate as of 12:30pm on July 18th, and can be viewed here).


To fund the big-money transfers that Chelsea look to make this summer, I would imagine the club would be looking to offload a range of last year’s loanees – this could include the likes of Davide Zappacosta, Michy Batshuayi, and perhaps even Ross Barkley.


It looks like it could be a transfer window that shapes the fortunes of the club next season, so hold onto your hats.

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Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie @BellenieSport.

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