Thomas Tuchel has been promised he can take the lead in Chelsea’s transfer business with the club’s new owners in a bid to move closer to the Manchester City and Liverpool models.
And that might be good news for you Romelu Lukaku’s hopes of rejoining Inter Milan if Tuchel informs Todd Boehly that he believes the club record signing should be allowed to leave Chelsea.
Just as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are leading entry and exit decisions at City and Liverpool, the Boehly-led group now in charge of Chelsea have told Tuchel that his voice will be the loudest on transfers and first-team football decisions.
Tuchel is regarded as one of the club’s biggest assets by the new owners, who believe that the best way to try to land on Premier League City and Liverpool champions is to give the German a power similar to that enjoyed by Guardiola and Klopp.
In a meeting with Tuchel, it is understood that Boehly explained that the new owners will do everything in their power to try to deliver on their goals and move players they don’t want – rather than trying to impose their own transfer ideas.
As previously reported by Telegraph Sport, Chelsea’s new owners are ready to give Tuchel around £ 200 million spend this summer, though more could be provided by significant player sales.
At least soon, Tuchel continues to work closely with director Marina Granovskaia and technical and action adviser Petr Cech, but the 48-year-old must now have the biggest influence on which players Chelsea offer and for whom they. try to sell.
Previously, Chelsea have worked with Tuchel and his predecessors to identify and achieve mutually beneficial goals where the club has a greater say in sales, which is not uncommon within the Premier League and Europe.
But the focus this summer is likely to be on delivering on Tuchel’s recommendations regarding inputs and outputs, with Boehly himself also involved in transfer discussions.
This means that if Tuchel informs the club that he thinks transfer is the best course of action for Lukaku, who wants to return to Inter Milan, then the new Chelsea owners will probably try to mediate a deal rather than try to convince the boss. a coach to make the situation work.
Guardiola was allowed to move likes of Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, who were highly influential City players, while Klopp sold Christian Benteke, just a year after Liverpool spent £ 32.5 million for the Belgian.
Chelsea spent a club record £ 97.5 million on Lukaku last year, but Inter will probably only be able to pay an initial loan deal for the 29-year-old, with Chelsea having to part-finance his salary. Tuchel’s opinion will be decisive on whether or not such an agreement gets the green light.
The approach of Chelsea’s new owners, who have already pumped £ 100m into the club in new shares, is unlikely to drastically change the club’s list of goals, which Tuchel has been heavily involved in working with Granovskaia and Cech.
But that means that if the former Borussia Dortmund coach decides he wants to work with Ousmane Dembele again, then any fears of injury or disciplinary records from the striker will be more likely to be pushed aside.
Dembele’s Barcelona contract expires this summer, which could make him a free agent, although Chelsea are not expected to be close to a deal with the 25-year-old and have other attacking targets such as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku. .
Defense remains Chelsea’s top position, with the club hoping to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla and Boehly is also ready to fund a move for Matthijs de Ligt if Tuchel decides the 22-year-old Juventus star is a better choice than other targets like Josko Gvardiol.
The ambitions of the new Chelsea owners mean that a bid for Declan Rice cannot yet be ruled out, as Tuchel is known as an admirer of the midfielder, whom West Ham United have claimed to be valued at £ 150 million.
Granovskaya’s long-term future remains uncertain following Chelsea’s takeover, amid suggestions that Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta may be interested in the club’s new owners.