Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel gets £200m to spend after Todd Boehly takeover
Thomas Tuchel will ‘get £200m to spend this summer’ from new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly when the takeover is finally approved with Jules Kounde, Josko Gvardiol and Raheem Sterling on the shopping list.
- Chelsea’s £4.25bn takeover of Todd Boehly was finally approved on Wednesday
- New American owner reportedly giving Thomas Tuchel £200m to spend
- It represents a clear signal of intent to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool.
- Strengthening Chelsea’s defense will be priority number 1 during the summer window
- Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol are key targets
- The blues has also been linked with a move for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.
Thomas Tuchel “will receive £200m to spend on new players this summer” after Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn acquisition of Chelsea was finally approved.
The new American owners of the Stamford Bridge club wish to make a clear statement of their intention to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for top honors in years to come.
The Boehly-led consortium also wants to end Roman Abramovich’s ownership, which came to an end after he was sanctioned by the UK government following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Thomas Tuchel will receive £200m to spend this summer after Todd Boehly acquisition
Boehly’s consortium finally completed its takeover of the Stamford Bridge club this week
Chelsea finished third in the final Premier League standings, 19 points behind champions City and 18 behind Liverpool, but reached the final of both domestic cup competitions.
Now that the acquisition has been approved by the UK government, as well as Portugal (Abramovich has a Portuguese passport) and the European Commission, plans can be made to take Chelsea forward and take on the top two.
According to the daily telegraphthis will include handing manager Tuchel a transfer chest of around £200m, taking into account proceeds from early player sales in the summer window.
Boehly spoke to Tuchel and the players following their final day win over Watford and acknowledged the need to act quickly to secure goals.
Top priority will be resolving Chelsea’s defensive problems, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving the club on free transfers and the future of captain César Azpilicueta still uncertain.
Jules Kounde, the Sevilla defender, will probably move to Stamford Bridge this summer
RB Leipzig defender Josip Gvardiol has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.
Chelsea have reportedly drawn up a list of eight-man defensive options, headed by Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, whom they were unable to sign last year, and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.
Chelsea is anticipated to sign Kounde, who can play on the right side of Tuchel’s favorite three, but may face competition from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for Gvardiol and other options, including Pau Torres from Villarreal and José Giménez from Atlético de Madrid. Madrid.
The transfer kitty’s reach could also allow Chelsea to look for a new midfielder and attacker.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante only have one year left on their contracts and Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are all open to moving from Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Telegraph also reported that a surprise move for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling could be on the cards with the England international entering the final year of his contract.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been linked with a shocking move to Stamford Bridge
Sterling will reportedly wait until after England’s Nations League games in June before making a decision on his future.
Attention may now also turn to securing key assets on long-term contracts with Mason Mount, reportedly set for a substantial rise on his current salary of £80,000 a week. This amount is set to more than double.
It came as Boehly’s protracted takeover of Chelsea was finally completed on Wednesday morning after approval from Whitehall and European authorities.
A statement read: ‘Last night the UK government reached a position where we could issue a license allowing the sale of Chelsea Football Club.
“Following the suspension of Roman Abramovich, the Government has worked hard to ensure that Chelsea Football Club can continue to play football. But it has always been clear to us that the long-term future of the club could only be secured with a new owner.
Abramovich (left) had hoped for some time that he could meet the expectations of the government (Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured right) on how to handle his £1.5bn loan to Chelsea.
DCMS Secretary of State Nadine Dorries revealed the news via Twitter on Wednesday.
“After extensive work, we are now satisfied that the full proceeds of the sale will not benefit Roman Abramovich or any other sanctioned person. We will now begin the process of ensuring that the proceeds from the sale are used for humanitarian causes in Ukraine, supporting the victims of the war.
“Today’s steps will secure the future of this important cultural asset and protect fans and the wider football community. We have been in discussions with relevant international partners to obtain the necessary licenses and we thank them for all their cooperation.”
A statement from the Premier League on Tuesday night read: ‘The Premier League Board today approved the proposed acquisition of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium.
“The purchase is subject to the Government issuing the required sales license and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction.”