Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly sent differing messages over Chelsea’s transfer business
Chelsea supporters seem somewhat split over what the club have done in the summer transfer window as we approach the final few weeks. So far this summer, the Blues have made a total of five signings – but are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that number is higher by September 1.
Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka and Marc Cucurella have all come through the door at Stamford Bridge this summer. Slonina is one for the future and will stay at Chicago Fire on loan until the MLS season ends in January.
Meanwhile, Chukwuemeka, who was brought in from Aston Villa, is also seen as one for the future, although the 18-year-old has had reassurances of first-team football this season. Chelsea have offloaded eight players in total.
Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Matt Miazga and Jake Clarke-Salter have all moved to different clubs. Charly Musonda and Danny Drinkwater have both been released and remain without a club.
In football.london ‘s ‘Big Chelsea Forum’, Chelsea supporters voted and 60.5 per cent of them are ‘happy with the transfer business’ so far this summer. That number will surely increase if Chelsea can complete deals for Wesley Fofana and Frenkie de Jong.
The Blues are expected to submit a third offer to Leicester City – in the region of £80million – for Fofana in the coming days after seeing their first two bids turned down. Meanwhile, Chelsea remain in talks with Barcelona over a move for De Jong and are confident a fee can be agreed, but the main obstacle is still persuading the midfielder to switch to the Premier League .
It’s been a busy summer for Todd Boehly, whose consortium completed its takeover of Chelsea back in May. The American businessman is also acting as the club’s director of football on an interim basis following the departure of Marina Granovskaia.
As mentioned, Boehly’s start to life at Chelsea has been a very busy one, but 62.5 per cent of supporters are ‘happy with the direction of the club’, when asked in our survey. 70.2 per cent are ‘happy with the ownership’ and 73.4 per cent are ‘happy with the club’s ambition’.
The owner-specific questions seemed to get quite a positive response from the Chelsea fans who answered. Likewise, when asked if there is ‘trust in Thomas Tuchel and his coaching staff’, 81.7 per cent said yes. It’s a big season for Tuchel, who is entering his second full campaign with the club and he knows how crucial it could be.
One of the big issues last season for Chelsea was their record at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Out of the 19 Premier League fixtures there last season, the Blues won just nine of those games.
According to the fans, at least, the atmosphere at the Bridge is not the issue. 77.2 per cent ‘think the stadium has a good atmosphere’ as Chelsea prepare to take on Tottenham on Sunday afternoon in an all-London affair.