Tuchel ‘to take the lead on Chelsea transfers’

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has been told he can take the lead on Chelsea transfers, according to the Daily Telegraph.

New owner Todd Boehly is said to have told the head coach that he will have greater control over incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge.

The Telegraph say the move is an attempt to replicate the success of rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, where managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp take the lead on transfers.

Tuchel is certainly keen to beef up this squad over the summer.

Speaking at his post-match press conference after the win against Watford on the final day of the season, the German made it clear he already had targets in mind.

Tuchel said: “We have clear ideas for the characteristics and profiles of these players.

“But it’s not like you put a name on the list and then you get the player. You have to convince the player. There’s normally a lot of work to do.”

Chelsea will be looking to bring in defenders, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving and captain Cesar Azpilicueta potentially on his way out as well.

Tuchel hopes to have the new additions in by the start of pre-season.

“This is the plan,” he said. “Hopefully we can do this and have everybody ready for the pre-season.

“It’s a pre-season where you have three or four weeks together and we need to be quick and fast to adapt to the qualities and personalities of these new guys.

“But first of all we need to be able to sign, be smart (about) who we sign and be on-point.”

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