Chelsea are expected to be in the transfer market once again in the summer and will look to sign a Liverpool forward in the off-season.
In less than four months of taking over, Thomas Tuchel has managed to lead Chelsea into the Champions League and FA Cup finals. The German tactician has done a superb job at the Stamford Bridge and the Blues’ defensive stealth has been especially commendable.
Tuchel is expected to get the license to spend a considerable amount in the summer transfer window ahead of next season and it is likely that he will sign a goal-scorer. Chelsea’s signings from last summer in Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, have all proven to be just sporadic scorers and it is clear that the west Londoners need a potent forward.
According to Christian Falk, the west Londoners want to sign Mohamed Salah from Liverpool. The Egyptian international has been added to their shortlist, which also includes Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku. Salah’s links to Chelsea come as a result of supposed unhappiness at Anfield, due to which he is open to leaving soon.
Salah’s asking price is not known yet, but one could imagine that Chelsea may need to pay a significant amount and perhaps a club-record fee to land the 28-year-old. Not only is his quality a decisive factor, interest from a direct rival to Liverpool’s ambitions in winning any trophy could see the Reds charge a premium for their chief marksman.
His asking price is unlikely to faze Chelsea, who have been one of the least clubs due to the coronavirus. Moreover, they will earn a significant amount for their terrific runs in the FA Cup and Champions League. However, it is anything but judicious to spend that kind of money on a forward when Tuchel has a more than decent squad depth of attackers.
Mohamed Salah’s lack of mobility means he will have to play in a right winger’s role, that too on a regular basis, thereby impacting Ziyech’s involvement. Ziyech in fact has been one of the better players for Chelsea since Tuchel’s takeover, having performed well against Atletico Madrid and Manchester City in recent weeks.
While Olivier Giroud may be too old to be integrated into the team for the longer run, Tammy Abraham certainly deserves a good number of chances. The Englishman is lethal in the box and aerial prowess is laudable as well. He struck 15 times in the Premier League last season, without having the quality of players around him as he would at present.
Recently, it has been argued that the only reason Timo Werner has continued to play is due to his price tag. While that may be the case, Tuchel will have to make a harsh call regarding to German and use him as a secondary player, but it is unnecessary that he makes a lucrative signing.
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