Chelsea handed Hakimi boost and Crystal Palace ‘plot £15m Gallagher swoop’

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel enjoyed an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge after taking over from Frank Lampard back in January.

Under Tuchel, the Blues won the Champions League, secured a top four finish and reached the final of the FA Cup.

Now, Tuchel is looking to build on his success and he has said that Chelsea will look to bring in “two or three” new signings this summer.

Speaking last month, he said: “Two or three could be very, very good. 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.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is eyeing additions to his squad this summer

“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.”

With that in mind, Mirror Football brings you the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.

Chelsea set to be handed Hakimi boost

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a move for Inter Milan full-back Achraf Hakimi, but Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the 22-year-old.

However, Chelsea could be set to be handed a boost in their pursuit of Hakimi, with journalist Rudy Galetti reporting that Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier is set to rejoin PSG.

Aurier said last month that he felt he had “reached the end of a cycle” at Tottenham and that it was “time to look elsewhere”.

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He also said he was keen on a return to PSG, adding: “I’ve never hidden my desire to go back to PSG one day.

“It’s my boyhood club and I’m still a PSG supporter, so I feel free to talk about it, but I don’t want people to think I’m just issuing a come-and-get-me plea and I’m not closing the door on anyone.

“If the club does make an offer this summer, PSG will certainly be among my top choices.”

According to Galetti, PSG have agreed a €20million (£17m) fee to re-sign Aurier and that the deal makes the potential move for Hakimi ‘more complicated’.

AC Milan ‘step up’ interest in Giroud

Despite Chelsea announcing earlier this month that they had triggered a one-year extension on Olivier Giroud’s contract, the veteran forward looks set to leave this summer.

AC Milan have been heavily linked with a move for Giroud and, according to the Evening Standard, they are ‘stepping up’ their interest in the France international.

It is claimed that Milan are ‘confident’ they can lure Giroud to Italy and that they are hoping to finalise a transfer ‘as early as this week’.

Palace ‘plot 15m swoop’ for Gallagher

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Conor Gallagher of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Fulham at The Hawthorns on January 30, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

After impressing on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season, Conor Gallagher is reportedly being targeted by Crystal Palace.

According to a report from the Sun, Palace are set to make a £15m bid for the 21-year-old.

The report states that Gallagher does want to stay at Chelsea in a bid to try and impress Tuchel.

However, given the strength of Chelsea’s midfield options and the offer of regular first team football in the Premier League, Gallagher could well be tempted by a move to Selhurst Park.

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