Misfiring Chelsea show why they need top striker to close title gap

In reality, even the Russian billionaire is unlikely to come up with enough money to convince Daniel Levy to allow his prized asset to move across London.

Manchester City are favourites to land Kane – and that would only heighten Chelsea’s need to recruit a comparably lethal goalscorer if they are to have any chance of rivalling them next season.

Tuchel has stumbled over the line to secure Champions League qualification, but Chelsea’s end-of-season slump has only confirmed the shortcomings that the German did so well to disguise for much of his four-month reign.

Chelsea became the first top-flight team since Everton in 1910-11 to finish in the top four without having a player score 10 or more goals in the League.

“This is a game about results and you can clearly see that we are still improving in the last third, still need to improve a lot,” Tuchel said after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

“We are still a young team and we try to evolve and to make them better, but it has been our story throughout the season. We needed many clean sheets to overcome this lack of precision.”

On the plus side, it is easy to see what Chelsea need to address in Tuchel’s first transfer window this summer. A 30-plus goal-a-season striker would go a long way to making up the 19-point difference to City. The problem is that a City team with the addition of arguably the deadliest finisher in the world is likely to significantly improve on the 86-point benchmark set this season.

There are not many Kanes around, hence why Levy can expect to demand towards £150million, even in a post-Covid transfer market.

Thomas Tuchel has admitted his interest in Harry Kane

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Chelsea have spent much of the season trying to identify the world-class forward who could immediately take them to the next level. Erling Haaland is a dream target and, but for his lack of Premier League experience, stands out as the type of acquisition who could turn also-rans into champions. Yet, noises out of Borussia Dortmund sound increasingly confident that they can keep the Norway international for one more season.

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