Chelsea finished last season a disappointing third in the Premier League, well off of the pace set by Liverpool and title-winners Manchester City. This summer Thomas Tuchel has begun a reorganization of his squad, and within the last two weeks has them positioned for Chelsea’s transfer success.
Retaining key players, singing Raheem Sterling, and the potential signing of Kalidou Koulibaly have all boosted Chelsea’s transfer success and their hopes of competing for the Premier League title next season.
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Raheem Sterling set to Bring Chelsea’s Transfer Success
One of the biggest stories of the early part of this year’s summer transfer window was Raheem Sterling’s potential departure from Manchester City. Sterling is one of the best forwards in the Premier League, but he has failed to reach a contract extension agreement with Manchester City.
Sterling has scored 109 goals across his Premier League career, including 13 last season. Chelsea scored seven more goals than fourth-placed Tottenham last season but was 18 goals behind second-placed Liverpool.
One of Tuchel’s main focuses of the summer transfer window has been reorganizing the club’s attack. Star striker Romelu Lukaku has already returned to Inter Milan, and Christian Pulisic has been rumored to be another potential departure.
Tuchel hopes to strengthen Chelsea’s offense ahead of next season and Sterling will be one of the most important players for the team. Sterling will provide quality, world-class play at one of the forward positions, and make it much more likely Chelsea’s transfer success will help them become one of the best scoring teams in the league next season.
Koulibaly Nears Agreement to Join Chelsea
One of Tuchel’s main strengths at Chelsea has been the team’s defense. The club allowed the third-fewest goals in the Premier League last season and finished second in that category during the year prior despite Tuchel only being in charge for half of the season.
Despite that, there are questions surrounding Chelsea’s defense ahead of next season. Antonio Rudiger appeared in 34 Premier League games last season but departed for Real Madrid earlier during the transfer window.
As a result, Chelsea has looked for a way to strengthen their defense during this transfer window. Koulibaly appears to be one of the ways the club will strengthen the position.
Koulibaly has played over 230 games in Serie A during his time at Napoli and has proven himself as one of the best center-backs in the world. He will be an important addition to Tuchel’s defense just as Sterling will be key for the Chelsea offense.
What This Means For Chelsea’s Premier League Hopes
Chelsea expected to contend for the Premier League title last season, but ended the year in third place. The team has had to handle several key departures this transfer window, including Rudiger and Lukaku, but should still be positioned to compete for the Premier League title this season.
Sterling and Koulibaly should significantly strengthen the team both in attack and defense. The return of Conor Gallagher from a loan spell at Crystal Palace, where he was excellent, could also make an important impact on the team.
Liverpool and Manchester City will be next season’s title favorites, but the start to the transfer window for Chelsea has set them up to compete with the two teams in the Premier League. Chelsea still has almost two months left to complete more signings to strengthen the squad ahead of next season.
Chelsea will be a fascinating team to watch during the remainder of the transfer window. If Tuchel can continue to make important signings to strengthen the team, the club could have success both within England and in the Champions League. While last season didn’t go the way the team expected, this fall could be the beginning of one of their most exciting seasons in recent memory.