Chelsea won 2-1 against Watford in the final game of the Premier League season at Stamford Bridge. The victory helped coach Thomas Tuchel’s army ranked 3rd in the rankings, 19 points behind the champion Manchester City.
Meanwhile, the Blues have failed in their pursuit of the West Ham United midfielder. Elsewhere, Xavi revealed that Barcelona have begun negotiations to recruit the Bayern Munich striker.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Chelsea transfer stories for May 22, 2022:
Chelsea failed to pursue Declan Rice
According to The Mirror, Chelsea have failed in their pursuit of Declan Rice.
The Blues are keen to bring their former youngster back to Stamford Bridge this summer. Coach Thomas Tuchel is planning a squad overhaul after a disappointing season. Rice has been identified as the long-term successor to N’Golo Kante, whose injuries this season have plagued the team.
However, it is likely that Rice will leave the London Stadium this summer. The England international has turned down a contract extension offer from The Hammers but is open to spending another season at the club. The Blues, as such, might be better advised to turn to alternative targets, with Manchester United also pursuing Rice.
Barcelona begin negotiations for Robert Lewandowski
Xavi revealed that Barcelona are in talks to sign Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer, and Chelsea are hoping to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel is eager to bring in a No. 9 ahead of the new season, after Romelu Lukaku’s constant struggles.
However, recently, Xavi said that Blaugrana is promoting the recruitment of Lewandowski.
“There is a possibility that he could come, yes. He also said it publicly. There are negotiations, but it won’t be easy; He has a one-year contract with Bayern,” said Xavi.
Thomas Tuchel reveals how the Blues can catch up with Manchester City and Liverpool next season
Thomas Tuchel believes his attacking players will have to improve if Chelsea are to catch up with Manchester City and Liverpool next season. The Blues have struggled due to the lack of form of their strikers and they have been spectators in the title race in recent months.
Speaking before the match against Watford, Tuchel also hinted that the Blues may need reinforcements up front to solve the problem.
“If we get into a group, we will try to deal with these players. We need to generate more numbers because the numbers from our attacking players do not allow us to outperform. I’m not pointing hands, but we need over-expression from everyone, and it’s not over-performance if we only have single numbers in goals and assists,” said Tuchel. .
“Is it necessary to put more attacking players around the box to create more distractions, to create more space for each other? We will ask that question. We arrived late because other clubs could take players. We have to be quick and smart as soon as the sanctions are lifted… Much work remains to be done. “
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