With Todd Boehly now at the helm of Chelsea, the Blues can begin to ramp up their summer transfer window, with plenty of changes in store for the club.
The club previously looked set for an uncertain build up to the 2022-23 Premier League season due to Roman Abramovich’s sanctioning by the UK Government due to his alleged links with Vladimir Putin, but Boehly came to the rescue, purchasing the club and installing himself temporarily as Sporting Director.
With his guidance, moves have already been made to bring in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and more transfers are expected. There’s also been plenty of movement out of Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Rudiger departing on a free transfer to Real Madrid while Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter Milan on loan.
Last update: August 5, 07:53 ET / 12:53 BST
Chelsea seal £50m Cucurella deal, beating Man City to defender
Chelsea confirmed the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton on a six-year deal on Friday, August 5 – one day before their league opener against Everton,
The Spanish defender had handed in a transfer request to try to force through a move to Manchester City, but with the two clubs unable to agree a fee, Chelsea swooped in.
The Blues jumped at the chance to sign the 24-year-old. They are thought to have met Brighton’s demands for £50 million ($61.4 million), and in a bid to secure the deal, defender Levi Colwill has joined Brighton on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The England under-19 defender had a successful spell with Huddersfield Town last season and will now spend the season with the Seagulls.
UPDATE (August 5): Chelsea mocked Brighton with their transfer announcement finally confirming Cucurella’s arrival in a tweet. Just 48 hours earlier, Brighton tweeted: “Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”
CLUB STATEMENT: MARC CUCURELLA.
Following reports from numerous media outlets this week, we can confirm an agreement has been reached with Brighton and Hove Albion for the signing of Marc Cucurella.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2022
UPDATE (August 3): Just a day after reportedly submitting a bid, the deal is apparently complete. BBC journalist Alistair McGowan and others report that Cucurella to Chelsea is complete, with a bid of over £50 million accepted.
UPDATE (August 2): Fabrizio Romano is now reporting that Chelsea have formally submitted a bid for Cucurella and are hopeful reaching an agreement with Brighton. The defender is also eager to join the Blues.
Azpilicueta signs new Chelsea deal, but Alonso heading for exit
While the future of Marcos Alonso remains up in the air, Chelsea have locked in Cesar Azpilicueta’s services, as the Chelsea captain will not be leaving the club this summer, as the 32-year-old signed a new two-year contract with the London side.
Azpilicueta, a Spain international, has been with Chelsea since moving from Marseille in 2012, and has developed into a leader for the club, with the ability to play both centrally along the back line and out wide to the right.
I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home. It is almost 10 years since I first arrived and joined the club. I really feel the love of our fans and I am really excited for the new project we have in our hands… pic.twitter.com/wia6DEjvKI
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) August 4, 2022
However, talks are ongoing between Chelsea and Barcelona for the transfer of full-back Marcos Alonso. Christian Falk of German publication Bild reported that the discussions are ongoing, while Spanish publication Sport reports that Barcelona are “optimistic” about completing the deal.
This saga has dragged on all summer, and it has left Thomas Tuchel in a difficult position following the departure of a number of other Chelsea players.
Chukwuemeka seals Chelsea move from Aston Villa
On August 4, Chelsea announced the signing of teenager Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa.
The 18-year-old midfielder completed his surprise move to Stamford Bridge after a reported fee of £20m ($24.4m) was agreed between the clubs. The England youth international has signed a six-year contract.
“It’s been quite hectic but I couldn’t get Chelsea out of my head the last few days so I’m just happy and relieved that it’s all done,” Chukwuemeka, who was a rumoured target for Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, told Chelsea’s website.
“I’m so excited and just can’t wait to get on the pitch, meet all the players and try to win games and trophies with Chelsea.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 4, 2022
Aubameyang in Chelsea’s sights
After a disappointing transfer window to date, Chelsea have now set their sights on Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Blues have already opened talks with the former Arsenal captain.
Chelsea are yet to make a bid for Aubameyang, but Barca do need to offload players with Robert Lewandowski’s arrival opening the door for Aubameyang to potentially depart.
Chelsea are now considering Pierre Emerick Aubameyang as potential new striker. Discussions have already started on player side, still no bid to Barcelona. 🚨🔵 #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2022
UPDATE (August 4): Just a day after Romano’s report, Spanish publication Sport claim that Xavi considers Aubameyang “untransferrable” and the striker will not be leaving the Catalan club this summer.
Chelsea join chase for Frenkie de Jong
The Blues are poised to make an offer for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, reports Sport.
A summer target of Manchester United, De Jong has been hesitant to leave Camp Nou but the fact Chelsea are in the Champions League makes a move to Stamford Bridge more appealing.
Both the Red Devils and Blues are reportedly willing to pay out the remainder of his Barca contract which he deferred part of due to the Spanish club’s recent financial difficulties.
Should De Jong depart, Xavi’s side will sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City with a full agreement already reached for the midfielder.
Chelsea ready to loan out both Werner and Kepa
According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea could let both Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga leave the club on loan this summer.
Werner is wanted by both Juventus and RV Leipzig but no deal is close to being done.
Kepa, meanwhile, is wanted by Napoli and talks over a loan move are reportedly progressing.
Not only Timo Werner, in talks with Leipzig and other clubs. Kepa could be the next player to leave Chelsea on loan this summer. 🚨🔵 #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 30, 2022
UPDATE (August 1): According to Marca, Chelsea have also offered Werner to Real Madrid with either a loan or permanent move on the table. Werner wants a move and Real Madrid are currently short on attackers.
Chelsea move for Jules Kounde hijacked by Barcelona
Chelsea had been among the frontrunners to strike a deal with Sevilla for Jules Kounde but ultimately lost out to Barcelona.
UPDATE (July 28): Barcelona formally announced that a deal for Kounde had been reached, dealing Chelsea a blow in the transfer market as they search for defensive upgrades. Reports indicate the fee is around €55 million (£47.6m / $57.8m).
UPDATE (July 25): After reportedly entering the race just a week prior, a number of reports, including Fabrizio Romano, The Guardian and Sport, claim Barcelona are set to win the race for Jules Kounde. The reports indicate that Kounde has given the green light for a move to Barcelona, but has not yet agreed to a deal with Chelsea, and The Blues are not prepared to wait any longer for an answer. A deal for Kounde at Barcelona could see Cesar Azpilicueta stay at Stamford Bridge.
UPDATE (Jun 13): Reports from Football London claim Chelsea are ready to restart negotiations with Sevilla over Kounde with an opening offer of €50m (£42.6m/$52.3m) already submitted. The French star remains a key target for Tuchel but Carlos’ exit has reduced Sevilla’s need to sell for a lower price than previously demanded.
|July 28||Presnel Kimpembe||Le10Sport||The PSG defender was thought to be a high|
priority for Chelsea, but he will now stay with the
Ligue 1 club for another season.
|July 15||Nathan Ake||The Athletic||Reports linked Chelsa to the Man City defender,|
but he will be staying at the Etihad.
|July 14||Cristiano Ronaldo||The Telegraph||The Man United striker was linked with the Blues,|
but the London club has now pulled out of
|June 28||Ousmane Dembele||talkSPORT||The Frenchman was linked with a free transfer|
to Chelsea at times during the summer, but has
returned to Barcelona by signing a new contract
|June 15||Raphinha||Football.London||Chelsea reportedly had interest in the Leeds|
United winger pre-sanctions, but he has
completed a move to Barcelona.
|June 9||Denzel Dumfries||Gazzetta dello Sport||The Blues reportedly wanted the Dutch|
full-back as part of the Lukaku deal, but this
never materialized as Lukaku moved on loan.
|June 9||Christpher Nkunku||Fabrizio Romano|
|The RB Leipzig striker reportedly interested|
Chelsea, but he has signed a new contract with
the Bundesliga club.
|June 8||Ibrahim Sangare||Sky Sports||Chelsea reportedly want the PSV midfielder|
who has a €35m release clause in his contract.
|June 8||Richarlison||The Sun||The Everton forward reportedly “favored” a move|
to Chelsea, but ultimately completed a switch to
London rivals Tottenham.
|June 7||Gabriel Jesus||AS||Chelsea reportedly had interest in the Man City|
forward, but he has signed for Arsenal instead.
Chelsea Transfers: Summer 2022 transfer window
|Jul. 13, 2022||Raheem Sterling||LW/ST||27||Man City||£50.8m (€58.8m / $61.8m)|
|Jul. 16, 2022||Kalidou Koulibaly||CB||31||Napoli||£34.4m (€39.7m / $41.8m)|
|Aug. 2, 2022||Gabriel Slonina||GK||18||Chicago Fire||£12.4m ($15m / €14.8m)|
|Aug. 4, 2022||Carney Chukwuemeka||CM||18||Aston Villa||£20m (€23.9m / $24.2m)|
|Aug. 5, 2022||Marc Cucurella||LB||24||Brighton||£50m (€59.3m / $61.4m)|
Raheem Sterling: Chelsea made a splash by securing the England international to bolster the attacking ranks. Sterling will likely play up front as a striker, replacing Lukaku at the head of the attack, although he’s more natural as a left winger. Sterling arrives on a five-year deal through the summer of 2027.
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) July 15, 2022
Kalidou Koulibaly: The Napoli centre-back is the crown jewel of Chelsea’s defensive revolution. With Rudiger and Christensen already gone and others close to a departure, the arrival of Koulibaly was critical. The 31-year-old defender signed a four-year contract through the summer of 2026.
Gabriel Slonina: The young American was chased by Real Madrid as well, but Chelsea won the race, loaning Slonina back to his MLS side Chicago Fire until the end of the American club season.
Carney Chukwuemeka: The England Under-19 star finalised his move to Chelsea on August 4 and could be in the squad to face Everton in the opening weekend of the Premier League.
Marc Cucurella: The talented left-back penned a six-year deal with Chelsea after the Blues struck a deal with Brighton. He made 35 appearances for the club last season, scoring one goal and making two assists.
|Jul. 1, 2022||Saul Niguez||CM||27||Atletico Madrid||End of Loan|
|Jul. 1, 2022||Danny Drinkwater||CM||32||Unknown||Free Transfer|
|Jul. 1, 2022||Romelu Lukaku||CF||29||Inter Milan||Loan (Fee: €8.4m)|
|Jul. 1, 2022||Antonio Rudiger||CB||29||Real Madrid||Free Transfer|
|Jul. 4, 2022||Andreas Christensen||CB||26||Barcelona||Free Transfer|
|Aug. 2, 2022||Gabriel Slonina||GK||18||Chicago Fire||Loan|
|Aug. 5, 2022||Levi Colwill||CB||19||Brighton||Loan|
Romelu Lukaku: After a massively disappointing first year at Chelsea following his gargantuan deal last summer, Lukaku heads back to Inter for a measly €8.4 million loan fee. It’s an embarrassment for Chelsea, but the club should be commended for not continuing to force what clearly wasn’t working.
Danny Drinkwater: The former Leicester star was released at the end of last season having made just 12 Premier League appearances for the Blues since joining in 2017. He is currently a free agent.
Antonio Rudiger: As widely reported throughout the latter half of last season, the German international has officially moved to Real Madrid at the expiration of his Chelsea contract.
Saul: The Blues declined to trigger the purchase option in the 27-year-old’s loan deal, sending him back to Atletico Madrid.
Andreas Christensen: With Barcelona looking for a few cheaper adds, Christensen made his way to the Camp Nou on a free transfer. The 26-year-old never truly established himself at Stamford Bridge, earning consistent minutes but never locking down a true starting role that the likes of Rudiger enjoyed.
Levi Colwill: The young defender spent last season on loan at Huddersfield Town and will now test himself in the Premier League on loan with Brighton.
Below is the updated Chelsea first-team squad. New additions during the summer 2022 window are noted in bold:
Goalkeepers (3): Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli.
Defenders (8): Cesar Azpilicueta (RB), Thiago Silva (CB), Trevoh Chalobah (CB), Marcos Alonso (LB), Ben Chilwell (LB), Marc Cucurella (LB) Malang Sarr (CB), Reece James (RB), Kalidou Koulibaly (CB),
Antonio Rudiger (CB), Andreas Christensen (CB).
Midfielders (8): N’Golo Kante (CM), Jorginho (CM), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM), Mateo Kovacic (CM), Carney Chukwuemeka (CM), Mason Mount (CAM), Ross Barkley (CAM), Kenedy (CAM),
Saul (CM), Danny Drinkwater (CM).
Forwards (6): Christian Pulisic (LW), Hakim Ziyech (RW), Timo Werner (LW), Kai Havertz (CF), Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW), Raheem Sterling (LW),
Romelu Lukaku (CF).
CB = centre back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = centre forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing
The current Chelsea projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:
Chelsea projected starting XI (3-4-3): Mendy (GK) — Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly — Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, James — Mount, Havertz, Sterling
Chelsea in Premier League 2022/23 TV channels, live streams
|TV channel||Sky Sports, BT Sport||USA Network, Telemundo, Universo||—||—|
|Streaming||NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime||fuboTV, Peacock||fuboTV||Optus Sport|
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.