Three transfer options for Chelsea as Christensen and Rudiger departs Stamford Bridge

It’s set to be a super busy summer transfer window for Chelsea Football Club in terms of incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge. Todd Boehly’s consortium have agreed terms to become the new ownership group of the club, and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the month.

At the moment, Chelsea are unable to conduct any transfer-related business due to Roman Abramovich being sanctioned by the UK Government back in March. However, with Boehly set to complete his takeover by the conclusion of May, the Blues are bracing for a big summer transfer window.

There are plenty of players whose futures look away from Stamford Bridge. Antonio Rudiger will leave the club, with Real Madrid agreeing on a deal to bring the German in on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and others are also being linked with an exit from the west Londoners. Another player looking almost certain to depart Chelsea is Andreas Christensen.

The Denmark international was set to start on Saturday evening against Liverpool in the FA Cup final, but he pulled out at the last minute, football.londonunderstands. Christensen, whose contract expires at the end of the season, shocked his Chelsea teammates with his decision to withdraw from the squad.

In truth, it looked certain Christensen would leave the club at the end of his contract anyway, but this latest incident has all but confirmed his departure. Rudiger leaving as well means Chelsea needs to look at bringing at least two new central defenders to the club once their transfer ban is lifted.

So, with all of this being said, football.london takes a look at three options Chelsea can consider in the summer. Let us know in the comments section below whether we’ve missed anyone who may suit Chelsea better…

Jules Kounde

The obvious one. Jules Kounde. Chelsea held a strong interest in the Frenchman last summer, but they were unable to agree on a fee with Sevilla over a price for his services.

Tuchel confessed that the Blues were keen on Kounde, and his situation is definitely one that may be revisited at the end of the current season. This looks even more likely with reports in Spain suggesting the defender is now available for £50million.

Kounde’s speed and ability on the ball make him perfect for how Tuchel likes to play. He could well be used on the right side of a back three, where he is able to cover the wing-backs if they were to be exploited.

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with Chelsea in recent times, with his future at Juventus unclear right now. The 22-year-old has just over two years remaining on his contract with the Italian club, and some reports have suggested that the Old Lady are ready to part ways with the Dutchman.

After signing for Juventus from Ajax in the summer of 2019, the Netherlands international has gone from strength to strength in Turin. He is widely renowned as one of the top defenders in European football.

However, De Ligt wouldn’t be a cheap option for Chelsea and would likely cost the club more than the reported price of Kounde (£50m). If he does indeed get put up for sale, then it could alert other European clubs, though, which would not be great news for Chelsea.

Pau Torres

There was a time when Pau Torres was being linked with a move to Chelsea on a regular basis, but speculation on that front has somewhat dried up recently. football.london understands, though, that the Blues have indeed been scouting Torres in recent times, but Manchester United are also keen on the defender.

Torres has just over two years remaining on his contract with Villarreal, who are said to be determined to extend his stay with the club. The Spaniard is very strong on the ball, with his passing definitely a strength of his.

The 25-year-old is not short of admirers, though, with Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham also said to be interested in his signature. But Torres recently admitted that he is happy to be playing in Spain at the moment.

“This summer, he (Roig) called my representative and told me there was an important offer from Tottenham, that it was worth more than now (current salary),” Torres said. “But as I play in the team of my town, which few players do, I decided to stay where I am happy.”

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