As Euro 2021 draws to a close, soon it will be time for attention to turn to the Premier League once again, as we gear up for the 2021-22 campaign. It promises to be a more normal season than 2020-21, where behind-closed-doors football and intense fixture scheduling became the order of the day. Excitement is building, and with the summer transfer window wide open, fans are scouring the football betting at Betfair to see who their team might sign.
For Chelsea, there is a lot of optimism following the team’s triumph in the Champions League final at the end of last season. Thomas Tuchel has been given a contract extension, and there are high hopes that this campaign could bring a real challenge for the Premier League title, and there’s no doubt that the German will be looking to improve his squad with a few shrewd additions. Let’s take a look at a few players Chelsea have been linked with.
The fact that Declan Rice was a youth player at Chelsea means that there will always be rumours circulating that a return to Stamford Bridge is on the cards. But it seems as though Tuchel has an interest in the West Ham United midfielder, just like his predecessor Frank Lampard, and Rice’s performances for England at the European Championships will have done him no harm.
Rice would likely command a huge fee, given that he is English and still only 22 years of age. Chelsea would have to loosen the purse strings to bring him in, and much may depend on whether or not the Blues can shift some players from their bloated squad. Chelsea have shown in the past they are not afraid to break the bank on a big-money signing.
Speaking of breaking the bank, there are still plenty of reports suggesting that Chelsea’s number one transfer target is Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Håland. The Norwegian has been banging in the goals in the Bundesliga since bursting onto the scene at Red Bull Salzburg, and he’ll have a choice of suitors should he choose to depart the German club.
Timo Werner struggled to make an impact at Chelsea last season, and there is still a need to bring in a proven goalscorer, and Håland could fit the bill. Chelsea’s success in the Champions League will have gone a long way towards making Stamford Bridge a more appealing destination for Håland, and it would be no surprise to see Chelsea stump up a large sum to bring him in.
Despite Belgium’s Euro 2020 campaign ending at the quarter-final stage, it was a strong tournament for Thorgan Hazard, who performed brilliantly at left wing-back. It’s no surprise that Chelsea have been linked with a move for the player who spent three years at the club between 2012 and 2015, without making a first-team appearance.
Brother of former Chelsea ace Eden Hazard, Thorgan has been playing well in the Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach, and it’s likely that we’ll see him rocking up at a big club in the near future. There are rumours that Chelsea have a buy-back clause which gives them a right to match any offer made for Hazard, and a return to Stamford Bridge should not be ruled out for the 28-year-old.