Todd Boehly ‘REVAMPS Chelsea’s £200m transfer policy to give control to Thomas Tuchel’ – like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp – and he could DITCH Lukaku and move on to Dembele and De Ligt
- Chelsea worked with Thomas Tuchel last summer on mutually beneficial goals
- But reports claim the Blues will follow Man City and Liverpool in empowering the boss
- This could be a boost for Romelu Lukaku who wants to return to Inter Milan
- Ousmane Dembele and Matthijs de Ligt are reported targets for the Blues
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reportedly changed the club’s transfer policy by handing boss Thomas Tuchel the reins on outstanding issues.
Politics prior to their new owner’s arrival had seen the club work with Tuchel and his predecessors to identify and hunt players who suited both the manager and those above him.
Moreover, it was the club that had the loudest voice when it came to spending. However, the Telegraph reports that German boss Tuchel will now have the biggest influence on arrivals and departures in his squad, starting this summer.
Thomas Tuchel reportedly handed reins to lead Chelsea transfer business
Todd Boehly changed club policy by giving Tuchel the loudest voice on business
The report adds that Tuchel will continue to work in tandem with sporting director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech, only now they will instead focus on delivering players recommended by the manager.
The scheme introduced by Boehly – who is set to hand Tuchel a £200m transfer budget to bolster his squad after he completed a £4.25bn takeover – aligns with those of the two teams that finished ahead of the Blues in the Premier League last season in Manchester City and Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have long had a say in decisions regarding transfer windows at their respective clubs.
The former was instrumental in parting ways with respected club servants Joe Hart and Yaya Toure from Man City, while Tuchel’s compatriot Klopp sold striker Christian Benteke just 12 months after joining Anfield for £32.5 million.
It reflects the power of Jurgen Klopp (L) and Pep Guardiola (R) at Liverpool and Man City
Tuchel will continue to work with Marina Granovskaia (centre left) and Petr Cech (centre right)
And there could be equally huge decisions to be made for Tuchel this summer, with reports claiming that Boehly will speak with Tuchel on Wednesday or Thursday this week to check on Romelu Lukaku’s temporary departure from Stamford Bridge.
sports mail understands Lukaku is willing to take a £3million-a-year pay cut to help seal a loan return to last season’s Serie A runners-up, after a dismal first season in the Premier League following his ’97 transfer £.5m from Inter.
The 29-year-old forward has four years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, but he has made it clear he would be interested in returning to Serie A to play for his former side.
Tuchel will therefore likely get his way income-wise, and as a result Ousmane Dembele’s injury issues and inconsistent form at Barcelona could be put to rest if the German is to reunite with the player he managed at the Borussia Dortmund.
This could prove to be good news for Romelu Lukaku, who wants a return to Inter Milan
Tuchel could also move for Ousmane Dembele (L) and Matthijs de Ligt (R) this summer
The French winger is out of contract this summer meaning the Blues could sign him for free if he fails to agree a new deal with the Catalan giants, particularly with Paris Saint-Germain who are now reportedly out race.
However, The Telegraph claims Chelsea are not close to signing the 25-year-old France international and continue to scour the market, with City and England striker Raheem Sterling and RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku also on their list.
sports mail revealed last month Chelsea will be looking to fix their leaky defense during this window and the report claims Boehly are ready to fund a move for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt if Tuchel prefers him over Josko Gvardiol.
The Blues have also been linked with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the club in need of centre-backs following Antonio Rudiger’s departure to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen set to follow at Barcelona.
Meanwhile, the same outlet claims West Ham star Declan Rice’s return to Stamford Bridge cannot be ruled out despite his £150m price tag.