Thomas Tuchel is looking to trim his squad as Chelsea bid to challenge for the Premier League title this season and multiple men could be on the Stamford Bridge chopping block
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are looking in good shape ahead of the new season.
The £97.5million addition of Romelu Lukaku is their only major incoming as the exit door remains the busiest end of Stamford Bridge.
However, the Blues’ rumour mill is still whizzing round with talk of potential signings as Tuchel aims to make sure the final two weeks of the transfer window are prosperous in one respect or another.
Tammy Abraham’s £34m departure to Roma proved that the German manager is prepared to be ruthless, with plenty of other players potentially waving goodbye if they are not suited to his uncompromising style.
Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest transfer news from Stamford Bridge.
Batshuayi leaves on loan
Michy Batshuayi has joined Besiktas on a season-long loan after extending his Chelsea contract until 2023.
The Belgian heads to Turkey for the 2020-21 campaign and could make his debut away at Gaziantep on Saturday evening.
Batshuayi was signed from Marseille in the summer of 2016 and has scored 25 goals in 77 appearances for the Blues.
Struggling for minutes with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud in his way, loans with Palace, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia have rendered his time at Stamford Bridge a frustrating one despite collecting a Premier League and FA Cup winners medal.
Spurs interest in Zouma
They report that the centre-back’s preference is to stay in London amid interest from West Ham.
It is believed the 26-year-old’s sale would fund a move for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
Zouma played just over an hour in Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup win over penalties as the Blues beat Villarreal on penalties, but spent the weekend win on the bench.
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Marseille eye Blues hotshot
Chelsea have received a late approach from French giants Marseille for young striker Ike Ugbo despite a deal already being agreed with Genk.
football.london say Marseille are prepared to pay a similar figure to sign the 18-year-old.
It is added that talks between the two clubs and the 22-year-old have been ongoing for several days.
The academy graduate, 22, has just one year remaining on his deal and has long been expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer despite a strong term out on loan last season.
Ugbo enjoyed an impressive campaign in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League for Club Brugge as he scored 16 goals in 32 games and attracted interest from the likes of west London neighbours Fulham and Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.