Thomas Tuchel wants Chelsea to hijack Arsenal striker bid as defender slapped with £45m pricetag

Chelsea are likely to be one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League this summer with a lot of uncertainty in the first team. Todd Boehly’s debut is set to be dominated by transfer planning with a number of high profile names reportedly already targeted.

The departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have already been confirmed by Thomas Tuchel but they may not be the last to leave. Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have all been linked with departures and it remains to be seen what the first team will consist of once pre-season begins.

Nevertheless, it is a challenge that those concerned will have to meet. In this spirit, football.london took a look at the latest names linked to the moves to Stamford Bridge.

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Tuchel wants Raheem Sterling

Chelsea often missed out on last season as the gap between them and Manchester City widened, but Tuchel is eager to fix that. The Blues have been linked with a move for Raheem Sterling and it’s a deal the manager would like to see happen.

Speaking on the London Is Blue podcast, Telegraph journalist Matt Law revealed that the German would like the Blues to agree a deal for the England international this summer. Arsenal are also said to be interested, which would no doubt make a successful bid all the more enjoyable.

Cucurella price tag

One name on Chelsea’s radar as they look to strengthen their backline is Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella. The Spaniard has impressed under Graham Potter at both left centre-back and left-back, so it’s easy to see why Tuchel would love to add him to his side.

But it’s not a cheap deal, with The Sun reporting that it will cost around £45m to complete a deal. Manchester City are also eyeing the defender and Chelsea face an uphill battle to win the race.

Ivan Perisic shot

Experienced and versatile winger Ivan Perisic caught the eye of the Blues ahead of the summer with the Croatian set to become a free agent this summer. Capable of playing at both left-back and forward, the 33-year-old was seen as an ideal signing.

But according to The Independent, Tottenham beat them to his signature, with a two-year contract apparently set to be signed in north London. After playing for Antonio Conte at Inter Milan, the duo seem set for a reunion.

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