Why Chelsea are yet to conduct any transfer business ahead of summer window

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Why Chelsea are yet to conduct any transfer business ahead of summer window

The summer transfer window opens on June 9 but it is not expected to be a frenzy of activity when it kicks into action.

The Euros are on the horizon which will make negotiating with any players difficult to nigh-on impossible. Finances are expected to be tight across the continent amid the coronavirus pandemic as well so don’t expect too many blockbuster moves this summer as a result.

Some clubs operate in the transfer windows in different ways. Some might want their business done early to get the new faces in for pre-season and get a full campaign under their belts before the season kicks off in mid-August.

Others tend to take their time over things and are then left scampering around on deadline day, which this year is on August 31, to get some last-minute deals when they become aware of players becoming available.

You don’t often see Chelsea making late moves in the transfer market as the deadline approaches with shrewd operator Marina Granovskaia in control of operations and with Petr Cech by her side.

There have been some brilliant deals secured by Chelsea late on in the window in previous years though. Ashley Cole made his switch from Arsenal to the Blues on deadline day while Claude Makelele did the same in 2003 from Real Madrid to London.

Fernando Torres also made his switch from Liverpool to Chelsea on the final day of the winter window in 2011 but that one didn’t quite work out as planned.

The Blues also had Hakim Ziyech lined up for six months before officially signing the Morocaan international from Ajax, joining in the summer of 2020 having been announced in January of the same year.

But there are no such agreements in place for anything near that this season but Chelsea’s positional targets are pretty clear.

Thomas Tuchel wants to add another striker to his squad, another centre back and potentially another midfielder. A left-sided defender might be on the cards as well with Emerson and Marcos Alonso not having clear cut futures at Stamford Bridge, especially the Italian.

Things will be complicated by the Euros, which is taking place across the continent. Getting deals done isn’t that straightforward, especially when players are in action for their countries.

Chelsea’s run to the Champions League final hasn’t helped either, with Tuchel being completely occupied with the game against Manchester City. Also, the Blues didn’t secure a top four spot until the final day of the Premier League season so it is safe to say that Tuchel had other priorities.

Chelsea’s head coach will be taking a well earned break after a hectic five months since replacing Frank Lampard before tackling the transfer market. He will have his targets in mind but don’t expect anything major to be announced in the early weeks of the window.

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