Chelsea transfer targets: Who the Blues are looking to sign this summer

  • Enzo Maresca has succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as Chelsea manager
  • Blues have splashed obscene amounts of cash since Todd Boehly's arrival
  • Club have re-entered the striker market this summer
Enzo Maresca is the next man to enter the cauldron at Stamford Bridge
Enzo Maresca is the next man to enter the cauldron at Stamford Bridge / George Wood/GettyImages
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Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly loves splashing his cash on players, and he doesn't mind appointing a manager or two either.

Enzo Maresca has become Chelsea's fourth manager of the BlueCo era following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, and the Italian's five-year contract suggests the Blues are ready to dig in for the long haul with the former Leicester boss, who guided the Foxes to the Championship title last season.

Chelsea have emerged as transfer window protagonists since Boehly's arrival in 2022, and that tag isn't expected to disappear this summer with Maresca's new regime set to come under heavy scrutiny. In fact, they have already been incredibly active in the market with a number of additions.

Here's everything you need to know about the Blues' summer window plans.


Positions Chelsea need to strengthen this summer

Nicolas Jackson
Nicolas Jackson enjoyed a promising debut season / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Nicolas Jackson undoubtedly showed promise in year one having signed from Villarreal last summer, but Chelsea are set to re-enter the striker market with Jackson potentially shifting out wide.

The Blues are poised to spend big to acquire their long-term number nine, and Maresca will hope Christopher Nkunku enjoys an injury-free campaign. The former RB Leipzig star is well-suited to a false nine function.

Chelsea have also bought their fair share of centre-backs since Boehly came to town, but the departure of veteran Thiago Silva leaves a gaping void. A replacement will be signed this summer, and the Blues may well have already got their man.

There could be a reshuffle at full-back with Ben Chilwell continuing to be hindered by knee issues, and while many suspected that a move could be made between the sticks, Maresca is believed to be an admirer of Robert Sanchez.


Chelsea's confirmed transfer targets

Tosin Adarabioyo
Tosin Adarabioyo has moved across west London / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Chelsea made Fulham centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo their first signing of the Maresca era. The west Londoners swooped under the noses of several Premier League rivals to bring in the towering defender on a free transfer.

Their activity hasn't stopped there, with the additions of youngster Omari Kellyman for £19m from Aston Villa and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall for £30m from Leicester - the latter having performed brilliantly under Maresca last season. The versatile youngster Renato Veiga has also been added to the roster.

A myriad of options are being considered up top, and the club believed the opportunity to sign Barcelona youngster Marc Guiu for a bargain price was too good to turn down. It remains to be seen whether the Blues will re-enter the market for a big-money addition.

Chelsea are long-standing admirers of Evan Ferguson, but the Irishman's goal-shy 2023/24 campaign may put off any potential suitors this summer. The club have already distanced themselves from moves for Viktor Gyokeres and Ivan Toney. Victor Osimhen remains a name to keep an eye on, though, and 20-year-old Samu Omorodion is also being monitored.

The Blues have signed 17-year-old Palmeiras sensation Estevao Willian, but the teenager won't join up with the Blues until he turns 18. They've already missed out on Michael Olise, but are in the hunt for Athletic Club's Nico Williams off the back of his impressive Euro 2024 campaign - although Barcelona are also keen on the Spain star.


Chelsea transfer rumours

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Randal Kolo Muani and Goncalo Ramos have been linked / BERTRAND GUAY/GettyImages
  • Barcelona winger Raphinha is keen to return to the Premier League. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Man Utd, Newcastle and Tottenham have all been offered his services. (Date: 19 July; Source: HITC)
  • Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain duo Randal Kolo-Muani and Goncalo Ramos as their search for a new striker continues. (Date: 19 July; Source: HITC)
  • Chelsea will rival Aston Villa, Tottenham and Napoli for the signature of Atletico Madrid centre-back Mario Hermoso. (Date: 18 July; Source: Calcio Napoli - Italy)
  • Cole Palmer told Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins to join him at Chelsea during their time away with England at Euro 2024. (Date: 18 July; Source: Football Insider)
  • Arsenal and Chelsea are the last two clubs left with an active interest in Sporting CP striker Viktor Gyokeres this summer. (Date: 17 July; Source: Football Transfers)
  • Chelsea are also interested in Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville, and he is now also a target for Rennes as a replacement for Desire Doue, who is the subject of interest from PSG. (Date: 17 July; Source: Foot Mercato - France)
  • Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to bring in a minimum of three more senior players this summer, with Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher still among their top targets. (Date: 17 July; Source: GiveMeSport)
  • Chelsea outcast Romelu Lukaku has agreed a three-year contract with Napoli, but the move hinges on whether the Italian side can shift Victor Osimhen. (Date: 16th July; Source: Il Mattino - Italy)
  • Chelsea are readying a shock swap deal for Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins that would see Conor Gallagher move in the opposite direction. (Date: 15th July; Source: Football Insider)
  • Chelsea have failed with a bid of €35m (£29.3m) for Barcelona midfielder Fermin Lopez, who will only be sold if a club triggers his €400m (£335m) release clause. (Date: 13th July; Source: El Nacional - Spain)
  • Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has blocked talks over his future until he discovers whether Real Madrid will look to re-sign him. The Spanish side see him as their top target to replace Andriy Lunin if the latter pushes to leave. (Date: 13th July; Source: MARCA - Spain)

Who Chelsea could sell this summer

Conor Gallagher
Conor Gallagher has just a year left on his contract / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

A big factor in Pochettino's departure was believed to surround the club's desire to sell two of their homegrown stars.

Trevoh Chalobah and Conor Gallagher have both been linked with moves away this summer. The latter's contract expires in 2025, and there has been little movement in negotiations. Dewsbury-Hall's arrival only throws his future into further doubt.

The arrival of another striker will allow Armando Broja to move on. The Albanian international endured a tough 2023/24 campaign, barely featuring for Fulham during his loan spell. Chelsea value Broja at around £35m.

The high-earning Romelu Lukaku, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Malang Sarr will also be sold. Antonio Conte's Napoli are reportedly in for Lukaku, who earns £340,000-a-week in west London.

The Blues have also sold several players already. Youngster Michael Golding has joined Leicester for £5m, Hakim Ziyech has made his move to Galatasaray permanent and Ian Maatsen has made a £37.5m switch to Aston Villa. Omari Hutchinson has swapped Chelsea for Ipswich Town on a full-time basis following his incredibly fruitful loan spell there last term.


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