Antoine Griezmann and Erling Haaland in, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi out? How Chelsea could look next season with transfer targets and Stamford Bridge exits imminent

Chelsea won their second Champions League trophy just over six weeks ago and owner Roman Abramovich’s desire to win more silverware is as strong as ever following the triumph.

The Blues’ Russian billionaire owner wants to splash the cash this summer and ensure his side can deliver a strong challenge for the Premier League crown next term.

Chelsea finished last season as Champions League winners and will want to build on that success this term

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Chelsea finished last season as Champions League winners and will want to build on that success this term

Manager Thomas Tuchel did a superb job in the second half of last season, taking over from Frank Lampard in January and steering the west London club to a top-four finish and delivering the holy grail that is the Champions League.

However, he will know some new names must be bought in order to bridge the gap between them and Manchester City, who finished a whopping 21 points ahead of them in the league.

Some big names have been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea will have to sell some stars in order to bring them in with the club boasting one of the biggest squads in the division.

But who could be sold and brought in, and how could they line-up next term? talkSPORT.com has drawn up a couple of potential Chelsea XIs for the 2021/22 campaign…

Tuchel did an incredible job last term and he’s now been tasked with steering Chelsea back to Premier League glory

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Tuchel did an incredible job last term and he’s now been tasked with steering Chelsea back to Premier League glory

Departures

Emerson Palmieri

The left-back was impressive for Italy when called on to fill in for Leandro Spinazzola following his devastating injury.

He put in some superb displays as the Azzurri went on to lift the trophy and a return to Italy has been mooted, with Ben Chilwell the first choice at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea want him off the wage bill and are demanding a permanent transfer, with Napoli most strongly linked with his services.

Tuchel prefers Marcos Alonso to Emerson and it is believed the latter could attract a bigger fee because he is still only 27, so don’t be surprised if he moves on this summer.

Emerson flourished for Italy during Euro 2020 but his days at Chelsea look numbered

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Emerson flourished for Italy during Euro 2020 but his days at Chelsea look numbered

Tammy Abraham

The 23-year-old flourished under Lampard but his opportunities under Tuchel have come few and far between.

The striker started just three matches in the Premier League after the German arrived in January.

Football Insider claims David Moyes’ West Ham are currently favourites to land the Chelsea forward, though a return to Aston Villa on a permanent deal has also been mooted.

Abraham scored 12 goals and recorded six assists last term and his days at Stamford Bridge appear to be numbered.

Abraham is a top target of West Ham, but Villa could also come calling

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Abraham is a top target of West Ham, but Villa could also come calling

Kurt Zouma

Zouma fell down down the pecking order in the second half of last season, starting just seven of our last 21 league games, and Chelsea are willing to cash in this summer.

The Frenchman is in his prime and it is understood he is not ready to not sit on the bench during his best years.

Roma want to sign the defender on loan, with Jose Mourinho an admirer of the centre-back.

However, Chelsea want a permanent deal and have set their asking price at £30m for the 26-year-old.

Zouma was a regular under Lampard but now he’s been outcast under Tuchel

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Zouma was a regular under Lampard but now he’s been outcast under Tuchel

Callum Hudson-Odoi

In order to fund a move for a Haaland, Chelsea are reportedly prepared to sell Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech and Abraham.

However, with Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi both capable of playing right-wing, it’s likely only one of them will be allowed to leave and the latter seems the more sensible option.

Ziyech had a difficult first season in the Premier League but the Blues are unlikely to cut their losses on the £33m Morocco internaitonal after just one year.

Hudson-Odoi, still only 20, would also attract a much bigger fee given his age and potential.

However, he could blossom into a world class player – just like Jadon Sancho has – and Chelsea could live to regret selling him.

Hudson-Odoi could be axed by Chelsea this summer and a lot of clubs would be interested

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Hudson-Odoi could be axed by Chelsea this summer and a lot of clubs would be interested

Arrivals

Erling Haaland

It is no secret that the Blues are on the hunt for a new striker this summer and Haaland is at the top of Roman Abramovich’s wish list.

Reports have suggested that the Russian billionaire is willing to sanction a £150million move to sign the Borussia Dortmund sensation.

The Bundesliga club are only willing to listen to offers in that region and they will seriously consider that kind of bid, with Haaland’s release clause next summer just £67m.

Haaland netted a staggering 41 goals in 41 games in all competitions for Dortmund last season and is already one of the top strikers in the world.

Haaland would be an incredible acquisition for any club but he won’t come cheap

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Haaland would be an incredible acquisition for any club but he won’t come cheap

Antoine Griezmann (loan)

The Blues are plotting a shock loan swoop for the 30-year-old, who has failed to rediscover his best form at Barcelona following his huge £107m switch from Atletico Madrid in 2019.

According to the Daily Express, Tuchel’s side are making plans to bring him to Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis.

If he does move to west London the Blues’ attack will be filled with a number of huge names – and Griezmann could even be used as a back-up.

Barcelona pursued Griezmann for years but may be willing to part with him this summer

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Barcelona pursued Griezmann for years but may be willing to part with him this summer

It’s not just Griezmann linked, with Federico Chiesa – one of the stars of Italy’s victorious team – is also being rumoured.

How could they line-up?

If Chelsea seal deals for Haaland and Griezmann, the Blues’ strength in depth will be insane and undoubtedly one of the strongest squads in the league.

In fact, the Blues could even line-up with two strong teams if they wrap up the deals for their targets.

Traditionally, Tuchel likes to use a back five and Griezmann could be used as a back-up to Mason Mount on the right wing.

Timo Werner, who had a tough first campaign at Stamford Bridge, could be relegated to the bench in place of Haaland.

What do you make of this 5-2-3 formation?

Could this Chelsea XI challenge for the title?

Could this Chelsea XI challenge for the title?

Tuchel, however, could use a back four in order to unlock deep blocks and that could see more attackers used.

In an alternative formation featuring some of the potential back-up players, Griezmann could be used on the right of a front three.

Christian Pulisic could be on the left-wing with Werner as the main striker in attack, while Hakim Ziyech could be used in the No.10 role behind the front three.

With Kante quite injury prone, Matteo Kovacic could come into the line-up as a more than handy replacement.

At the back, Cesar Azplicueta can fill in at right-back and Marcos Alonso on the opposite flank, with Antonio Rudiger and Christensen pairing at the back.

Chelsea’s strength in depth is already pretty ludicrous

Chelsea’s strength in depth is already pretty ludicrous


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