How Chelsea can raise £87m to help fund mega Raheem Sterling and Jules Kounde double transfer

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“The rebuild is big,” the damning, but very honest words from Thomas Tuchel last month as he addressed the summer transfer window for his Chelsea team. “The two top clubs [Manchester City and Liverpool] improve their teams – and they already have teams that are very clear on which to build.

“A rebuild is necessary for us, and that makes it more challenging, of course. We have clear ideas for the profiles and characteristics of these players. But it’s not like we put a name on the list, and then we get the player.

“We have to convince the player, speak to their clubs, and convince ourselves this is the player [we need]. So there is normally a lot of work, and it will be the same to be competitive next season while everyone else tries to close the gap to us.”

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Now, two weeks into the summer transfer window, Chelsea are still yet to make a first-team signing. The Blues have offloaded a number of players, whose contracts at the club expired, but incomings are still yet to arrive – leaving some supporters increasingly frustrated.

However, the club recently announced its new board structure, with Todd Boehly confirmed as the chairman and interim sporting director following the departure of Marina Granovskaia. Theoretically, now that everyone knows their role within the club, should kickstart Chelsea’s transfer window. That coupled with Romelu Lukaku about to officially depart and return to Inter Milan on loan – freeing up big space on the wage bill.

Boehly is set to back Thomas Tuchel, who has been given a bigger say in transfer-related activity this time around, in the window. The new Chelsea owner will still be keen to offload any deadwood or players who aren’t necessarily in Tuchel’s long-term plans while he gets the chance, however.

With Raheem Sterling – the club’s number one attacking target as it stands – and Jules Kounde both wanted by Chelsea, it could be a case of Boehly trying to balance the books while still paying big money for both. Sevilla’s asking price for Kounde is said to be €65million (£57.8m), according to recent reports from Spain. Meanwhile, football.london understands Chelsea are aiming to pay around £45m for Sterling, with just 12 months remaining on his Manchester City contract.

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So, with all of this being said, football.london takes a look at some players that could be sold this summer to raise funds for a double deal involving Sterling and Kounde. All of the below values are found on CIES Football Observatory.

Kepa Arrizabalaga: £12.8m

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been the second-choice goalkeeper ever since Edouard Mendy arrived at the club in the summer of 2020. Mendy’s form has made it virtually impossible for Kepa to force his way into Tuchel’s plans and his lack of game time means he could be looking for a route out of Chelsea this summer.

The Spaniard is still only 27 years old and theoretically has his prime years in front of him. Kepa has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, or even a return to his home country, Spain.

Cesar Azpilicueta: £12.8m

Cesar Azpilicueta is into the final year of his contract at Chelsea. The Blues captain will be allowed to leave the club this summer should an appropriate offer come their way, football.london has been told.

Tuchel said this on his captain last month: “Given the fact that we lose key defenders [Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger] already, it’s not an ideal scenario to think about losing Azpi, even though I can understand his personal point of view. At some point, if you are a legend which he is, you deserve from me and the club a second look at it, to see if there’s maybe an exception from the rule and we are still in this process.”

Marcos Alonso: £12.8m

Marcos Alonso could end his almost six-year association with Chelsea in the coming months. The 31-year-old left-back featured heavily under Tuchel last season because of Ben Chilwell’s injury.

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However, with Chilwell expected to be the first-choice at left wing-back at the start of next term, Alonso could look for a move away this summer. The Spaniard, who has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, has been strongly linked with a switch to Barcelona.

Jorginho: £17.1m

Jorginho, as he seems to be every transfer window, looks like he could be on his way out of Chelsea this summer. Juventus are said to be interested in the Italy international, whose contract at the Blues expires in the summer of 2023.

His agent, Joao Santos, recently revealed his client has a “dream” of returning to Italy one day. In an interview, via Football Italia, Santos said: “Playing in Serie A is a dream for him and his heart remains here. As things stand today, he could play for four or five clubs: Milan, Inter, Juve, Roma or Napoli.”

Ross Barkley: £6m

Ross Barkley played just six times in the Premier League for Chelsea last season and with just over 12 months left on his deal, the 28-year-old could look to leave the club for good this summer. Barkley will be allowed to leave, with the former Everton midfielder clearly not part of Tuchel’s plans.

Hakim Ziyech: £25.7m

Hakim Ziyech played just 23 times in the Premier League last season for Chelsea and has been linked with a move away from the club. It’s been reported that should the right offer come the Blues’ way, then they would not stand in the way of the 29-year-old leaving the club.

AC Milan have been linked with a move for Ziyech in recent days, with a loan move suggested. It seems likely, though, that Chelsea would rather offload him permanently rather than send him out on loan.

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