These are Chelsea’s morning headlines for Thursday, March 25th.
Summer transfer plans
Chelsea fans should expect this year’s transition period to follow a plan different from the one they have become accustomed to in recent years.
After high spending last summer, which led some to declare blue to have won the window, we’ll probably see a quieter few months in 2021.
The ban on transfers in the windows until last summer meant the club had more holes to fill last summer than they would have liked, but now their team is in a far healthier place than 12 months ago.
Thomas Tuchel has revived countless members of the first team. This time the blues don’t need to buy in bulk.
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However, just because Chelsea won’t try to buy in bulk doesn’t mean they won’t try at all, there are still areas the club is looking at, a new striker and a new center forward are priorities.
Erling Haaland is a clear target in attack, but there are various possible goals in defense that could strengthen a defensive group that has conceded just two goals since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
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N’Golo Kante praised the development
French national team manager Didier Deschamps praised N’Gola Kante for developing the way of thinking in recent years.
The French international has been suspended due to injuries, and his two managers this season, Frank Lampard and Tuchel, have been asked to play slightly different roles.
But Tuchel put him back in a favored defensive role and allowed him to cautiously return to action after a tendon injury.
That’s something Deschamps seems to have noticed appreciating him, as well as how Kante reacted to Chelsea boss’s plans.
He said: “I’m not unhappy when Tuchel doesn’t start every game for him. But it’s all about communication. Players can arrive from their club not in ideal form and then come back in better shape.
“The reverse is also possible. Kante is more about physical problems that have been going on for several seasons. He is not saved, but he is like that, I will not change that.
“With a little experience, he learns to manage himself.”
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Barcelona price revealed in Coutinho
Rumors about Philippe Coutinho have resurfaced, and Barcelona have apparently been happy to release him this summer.
Chelsea have unsuccessfully linked the former Liverpool to the last few transfer window, but the compensation that Ronald Koeman and Barcelona are willing to accept could open up chances for them to make a move.
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The Spanish publication Sport has revealed that Barcelona are desperate to see Coutinho leave the club and if an offer of £ 35 million arrives, they will cut off the bidders’ hands to make it easier for the Brazilians to leave the club as soon as possible.
With Chelsea primarily watching the striker and central defender this summer, the move could still be unlikely, but Coutinho is available for more than £ 100 million less than Barca originally paid Liverpool, they could be tempted.
The Brazilian has made just 10 starts for Barcelona this season, despite an impressive loan at Bayern Munich last season. Read more about where you might end up here.