While the Blues continue to push to secure the services of Jules Koundé (Sevilla), they are facing another internal problem, namely the downsizing of their workforce and their wage bill. The list of players likely to leave the London club is long and, for now, few have taken the plunge.
It’s a real headache for Thomas Tuchel. As Chelsea continue their American tour, with a duel against Arsenal to come (Sunday July 24 at 2 a.m. French time), the German coach finds himself in an uncomfortable situation. In question: the need to reduce its workforce and lower its payroll, in particular in order to register new reinforcements.
Werner, Kepa, Batshuayi, Kenedy, Barkley, Sarr…
The case is all the more complex for the Blues as the offers do not jostle at the gate to secure the services of the many “undesirables”. For his pre-season in the United States, the former PSG coach had to do without four youngsters from the club to make room for players such as Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy, Ross Barkley and Malang Sarr. So many names that would not really be in the technician’s plans for the coming season. Added to these are Kepa Arrizabalaga and Timo Werner, both absent in Charlotte in Chelsea’s second friendly match.
Big salaries that weigh down the finances of the Blues
The high salaries of the players named above are unattractive for other clubs who would like to make an offer. The hottest lead in the direction of departures was AC Milan’s loan offer for Hakim Ziyech, but the Blues wanted a dry sale and so far haven’t followed through. This summer, only Romelu Lukaku, on loan at Inter, Andreas Christensen (Barça) and Antonio Rüdiger (Real), free parties, have helped relieve the finances of the London club. But as the Telegraph reveals, the only firm offers received by the third in the Premier League concern young people (Armando Broja and Levi Colwill).
While Cesar Azpilicueta, who comes to the end of his contract in June 2023, was closely followed by Barça, Tuchel would have complicated the task by insisting that he stay at the club. At the same time, the Blues board continues the tracks leading to Jules Koundé (Sevilla) and Presnel Kimpembe (PSG). But at the moment, difficult to see the two centrals land without one or even several departures beforehand…