Thomas Tuchel has scarcely had time to familiarise himself with his Chelsea squad, but the transfer deadline is fast approaching.
The German – who was appointed on Tuesday – led the Blues to a 0-0 draw with Wolves in his first outing.
The starting line-up and matchday squad provide some insight into the stars Tuchel may deem indispensable, as well as those he could be willing to part ways with before the window’s end.
Chelsea have reportedly entered talks to extend the contracts of two of the players who started the goalless fixture, while the future of one young midfielder continues to dominate headlines.
Also featuring an update on how Fikayo Tomori’s loan at AC Milan came about, here is Sunday’s Chelsea transfer round-up.
Blues open talks with Silva and Jorginho
Chelsea have entered talks to extend the contracts of Thiago Silva and Jorginho, reports Sportitalia .
Defender Silva and midfielder Jorginho were both named in the starting XI for Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge – the 0-0 draw with Wolves on Wednesday.
Silva, 36, is contracted at Stamford Bridge until this summer with the option for another year, while Jorginho’s current deal expires in 2023.
Silva was Paris Saint-Germain captain for the majority of Tuchel’s tenure at the club, while the Blues boss was known to be an admirer of Jorginho during his time in France.
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Chelsea’s Gilmour stance
Gilmour, 19, was left out of the squad for Thomas Tuchel’s first game as Blues boss, prompting speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge.
West Ham, Burnley and Rangers are among a number of clubs believed to be interested in the holding midfielder.
But The Sun claims Chelsea are reluctant to let Gilmour join West Ham, who have emerged as contenders for a European place after an excellent first half of the season.
Discussing Gilmour’s future in west London earlier this week, Tuchel said: “I have a good impression of Billy.
“He is a very strategic guy, very, very high level of game understanding.
“Very good in the first contact, very, very clever in positioning.
“We will see if he has the physical level to play at the highest level, we will see that but he is super quick with his feet and decision-making.”
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Maldini’s role in Tomori loan
Fikayo Tomori has opened up on the role AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini played in convincing him to move to San Siro on loan.
Tomori has joined the Serie A giants until the end of the season, while the Rossoneri have an option to buy the defender.
Recalling a phone call with Maldini – who serves as Milan’s technical director – Tomori said: “Paolo Maldini was one of the greatest-ever defenders and, when he called me, I was a bit surprised but I knew about the project and didn’t need long to decide.
“I was wanted and want to be here. I was at Chelsea from the age of seven. I’m concentrating hard to do well with my new club.”
The 23-year-old made his first start for Milan in the victory at Bologna on Saturday.
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