Thomas Tuchel is reportedly more than willing to see not one but two of his striking options walk away from life in West London before the end of the summer transfer window
Thousands of fans flocked to form a capacity crowd at Stamford Bridge for the first time in more than a year to witness Thomas Tuchel’s Blues pick up their first three points of the season.
Goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevor Chalobah were enough to heap misery on Patrick Vieira during his first game in charge of the Eagles.
Chelsea will be looking to build on their European success of the last season by matching it on the domestic front as they bid to end the recent Man City dominance of the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s side winning three of the last four titles up for grabs.
Having splashed £97m on former Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, who is preparing to embark on his second-stint as a Chelsea player, the Blues have rectified the one issue they had last term – scoring goals.
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Abraham arrives in Rome to seal move
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Tammy Abraham has taken another step closer to ending his Chelsea career for good as he has touched down in Rome to seal his permanent move to AS Roma.
The Serie A outfit have been linked with the 23-year-old for much of the summer and appear to have finally got their man, fending off lingering interest from Arsenal, Abraham’s boyhood club, in the process.
Chelsea have secured quite the fee for a striker they deem surplus to requirements, after Abraham and his representatives held positive talks with Roma general manager Tiago Pinto over a deal worth between €40m and €45m.
The Blues had always favoured the idea of offloading the forward to Italy as the alternative would be selling him to a direct Premier League rival in Arsenal.
Romelu Lukaku’s arrival all but sealed Abraham’s fate, inevitably pushing him further down the Stamford Bride striking pecking order.
Batshuayi also nearing exit
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It is a similar story for Batshuayi, who barely featured for the Blues before the arrival of his international teammate Lukaku.
The Belgian has struggled to live up to his price-tag at Chelsea, having cost the Blues £33m from Marseille in 2016, he has spent much of his five year spell as a Chelsea player out on loan.
Temporary stints at Crystal Palace, Valencia and Borussia Dortmund failed to materialise into a permanent switch, but he is now on the cusp of joining Turkish Süper Lig champions Beşiktaş.
The move appears to be imminent, with Beşiktaş manager Sergen Yalçın confirming as much after his side’s first game of the season on Friday night.
“Batshuayi will be here next week if nothing goes wrong. We have the players we want, we pay well and we will play in the Champions League. This situation strengthens our hand.”
Chalobah staying put
Following an impressive week for the 22-year-old Chelsea academy graduate, Trevor Chalobah has received public backing from his manager.
Chalobah put in a stellar display in the Blues recent UEFA Super Cup victory over Villarreal, before bagging his first Chelsea goal in the win over Crystal Palace.
After the game, Tuchel appeared to imply he would be happy to keep the defender around, rather than sending him out on another loan spell.
“We have some of the best players in the world in our squad and still there are places for guys from the academy,” the German boss said.
“In the end he plays alongside Reece James and Mason Mount, this is how it has to be. I love it, the spectators love it. This is how it should be that we have a good mix and they still have a place to fight their way through.
“This is what Chelsea academy stands for, for top quality. And we will never stop pushing.”
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