Chelsea kicked off the new Premier League season by confidently beating Crystal Palace in the opening game. The Blues took the lead in the first half with goals from Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic before Trevoh Chalobah scored the 3-0 after the break. Thomas Tuchel will be happy with his team’s performance but may be hoping for more changes in his squad by the end of the summer.
Chelsea are keen to dump some of their current stars in hopes of raising money to fund more arrivals at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are still looking for workable options to upgrade their squad.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top transfer news from Chelsea on August 14, 2021.
Chelsea plan to raise £ 60m from the sale of two stars
Chelsea are hoping to raise £ 60-70m from Antonio Rudiger and Tammy Abraham sales to fund a move for a new center-back The Express via The Athletic. Both players’ agents have reportedly accelerated their efforts to secure a move from Stamford Bridge for their clients.
Rüdiger recently announced that he had started negotiations with the Blues on a new deal. So far, however, the talks have not been successful. The Germany international was about to leave Stamford Bridge in January and Chelsea are ready to show him the door now.
Abraham, on the other hand, is likely to leave the Blues this month but has yet to choose between AS Roma and Arsenal. Chelsea would prefer to go abroad, but the Englishman wants to stay in London. The Blues hope to reinvest the proceeds from the sale for Jules Kounde.
Blues fights with West Ham United for Bundesliga star
Chelsea fight with West Ham United for Ellyes Skhiri’s signature The Hard Tackle on the Transfermarkt web. The Blues are looking for a midfielder and are part of a wide variety of clubs following the Tunisian. The 26-year-old moved to FC Köln in 2019 and has turned out to be a good acquisition for the Bundesliga club. Skhiri has played 71 times for FC Köln and scored eight goals and six assists.
Chelsea are planning to sack some of their fringe midfielders this summer, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who are likely to be sold. The Blues want Skhiri as cover in the middle of the park. However, the Hammers are currently leading the race for his signature.
Chelsea end pursuit of Wolverhampton Wanderers ace
According to Chelsea, his interest in Adama Traore has ended Caught sidelined via The Athletic. The star of Wolverhampton Wanderers was previously on Thomas Tuchel’s wish list. The German is eager to improve on his attack as he is heading for the skies this season.
However, it now appears that the Blues have moved on to other goals and will not pursue the Spaniard. While it’s not clear why the Blues abandoned their pursuit of Traore, the Spaniard’s poor form likely left Tuchel unimpressed.