How Chelsea could line up next season if they land top transfer targets like Dembele, Rice and Sterling | The Sun
CHELSEA are set to look a little different next season after a big summer of ins and outs at Stamford Bridge.
Now that Todd Boehly's takeover is complete, boss Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to start shaping his squad to try and close the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool.
Before improving last season's squad with star additions like Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice or Ousmane Dembele, the German will need to replace players lost.
Antonio Rudiger, named in the PFA Team of the Year earlier this month, has departed for Real Madrid, while Andreas Christensen is off to Barcelona.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta could follow Christensen to Catalonia alongside Marcos Alonso, while Romelu Lukaku returns to Inter Milan.
Amid this backdrop, Chelsea have an enormous task on their hands improving their squad for next year.
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One area they won't have to worry about is goalkeeper, with Edouard Mendy having enjoyed another stellar campaign.
Keeping Reece James and Ben Chilwell fit will be a key task for Tuchel, who will need to decide on back-ups for the duo, with Emerson Palmieri returning from his loan at Lyon.
Thiago Silva will remain a stalwart at the back despite turning 38 later this year, but who partners the Brazilian is still up in the air.
Tuchel is likely to stick with his back three formation.
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