Chelsea finished the season as Champions League winners for only the second time in their history, but the time has come for Thomas Tuchel to build towards the future.
The west London club spent around £220million last summer, making five new signings such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, with Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr arriving on free transfers.
But it was previous boss Frank Lampard who oversaw that summer of spending and Tuchel may have designs on bringing in players of his own to bolster his squad.
Chelsea are not likely to be short of transfer funds to use after selling Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan earlier this week in a deal that could reach £30m, while owner Roman Abramovich could pump more millions into the club to help Tuchel achieve his targets.
Mirror Football rounds up all of the latest transfer rumours and news coming out of Stamford Bridge.
Hakimi left ‘frustrated and confused’
Inter Milan wide man Achraf Hakimi is said to have been left ‘frustrated and confused’ by Paris Saint-Germain’s failure to commit to signing him.
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That has left Chelsea as the front runners to sign the Moroccan, who could be on the move this summer as Inter look to balance their books.
PSG have been linked with Hakimi as they look to end their wait for a Champions League title, but Caught Offside claim that Chelsea have moved into pole position with Hakimi unimpressed by PSG’s failure to go all-in for him.
Inter have already rejected an offer from PSG, but the Ligue 1 side are yet to come back with an improved bid.
Sergio Ramos swoop backed
Louis Saha has backed Sergio Ramos to be a success at Chelsea after Thiago Silva’s impressive first season at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have been one of a number of clubs linked with Ramos after he announced he will leave Real Madrid this summer.
And Saha reckons that having seen Brazilian veteran Silva have a positive impact on the current Chelsea side, the former France striker thinks that Ramos could be an even better pick up.
“If you see the impact of Thiago Silva at Chelsea the impact of Sergio Ramos would be the same, or maybe even bigger,” he told Gamblingdeals.com.
“The guy is known for that type of leadership, has the ability to step up and score a lot of goals, he’s one of the best ever goalscoring defenders.
“He’s a big player on the big stage. If you want to win trophies, he’s as strong a signing as Thiago Silva, and there are few players who can galvanise a club like this.
“So, whether it’s London [or] Paris, I think he’ll be an amazing signing.”
Blues already have long-term Kante replacement
Chelsea may already have their ideal long-term replacement for N’Golo Kante in Billy Gilmour after his superb performance for Scotland against England.
The 20-year-old midfielder was awarded the ‘Star of the Match’ award for his performance at Wembley as he helped the Tartan Army control the midfield in their Euro 2020 clash.
Gilmour was exemplary not only on the ball and pushing forward, but also in defence, completing six ball recoveries and winning two tackles.
Kante has been a vital player for the Blues in recent years, but turned 30 earlier this year, and Chelsea may have a half an eye on a long-term successor to the Frenchman in the engine room.