Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be given up to £200million to spend this summer, with the German keen on signing at least three players with his transfer budget.
The German guided Chelsea to Champions League success on Saturday with a 1-0 win against Manchester City in the final in Porto and in doing so triggered a contract extension clause in his current deal, which was set to elapse next summer.
Chelsea spent around £220m under Frank Lampard last summer, which was in part to make up for the fact that the Englishman had been operating under a transfer ban since his appointment from Derby County.
But Abramovich now sees an opportunity to capitalise on Chelsea’s success and Tuchel feels he needs at least two or three ready-made first team players to challenge for the Premier League title next term.
According to the Telegraph, former striker Romelu Lukaku is a target and Chelsea hope to take advantage of Inter Milan’s precarious financial situation to sign the Belgian.
Lukaku joined the Serie A giants for £74m in 2019 from Manchester United but his stock has risen significantly in the last two years.
Tuchel is keen to sign a midfielder, with the German now persuaded by previous interest in West Ham ace Rice.
Interest in the England international appeared to be over when Lampard left the club but Tuchel has been impressed by the midfielder’s performances since he moved to England.
Rice, though, is valued at around £100m and West Ham would prefer not to sell to their London rivals, if at all this summer.
Perhaps the most surprising target is Wolves winger Traore. The Spaniard was a target for Antonio Conte back in 2017 but Tuchel wants competition for Reece James at right-wing back and feels the rapid former Barcelona ace is perfect for the role.
It’s unclear how much Wolves would demand for the winger but Borussia Monchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann is suggested as an alternative should Wolves’ asking price prove too high.
Asked about the club’s transfer plans, Tuchel admitted he wants to freshen up the squad to keep the competition alive among the players.
Two or three [signings] could be very, very good,’ said Tuchel.
‘It’s a constant thing to never deny change. That you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.
‘We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it’s not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again that they are capable of growing and evolving.
‘But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.’