Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season and did not progress beyond the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. They also lost two cup finals. Thomas Tuchel’s quarters will need to improve next season as they prepare to usher in a new era under new owners.
Meanwhile, the Blues have ended their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo. Elsewhere, the London giants suffered a setback in the race to sign a Manchester City defender.
On that note, here’s a rundown of Chelsea’s top transfer stories as of July 15, 2022:
Chelsea end pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo
Chelsea have decided to end their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Athleticism.
The Portuguese has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer. The player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, had a meeting with new Blues owner Todd Boehly last month and the 37-year-old was among the topics discussed.
Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer. The departure of Romelu Lukaku had paved the way for attacking reinforcements for the Blues. However, having already secured the signing of Raheem Sterling, the London giants have abandoned their plans to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Blues suffer setback in pursuit of Nathan Ake
Chelsea have suffered a setback in their pursuit of Nathan Ake. According Athleticism, the Dutch defender will not leave Manchester City this summer. The London giants are hot on the 27-year-old’s heels as they look to solve their defensive conundrum ahead of the new season.
However, the Cityzens won’t let the player leave this summer. Ake is an important member of the Etihad squad and is a popular figure in the dressing room as well. The decision to stay was a mutual one, with both club and player happy to continue their association.
Conor Gallagher plans to break into Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season
Conor Gallagher is eager to break through in Chelsea’s next starting campaign. The Englishman was very impressive on loan with Crystal Palace last season, scoring eight goals and registering five assists. The Eagles wanted to sign him permanently, but Gallagher opted to return to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking telling BBC Sport, the 22-year-old said he was determined to prove himself in pre-season.
“I feel like this is the season. I’ve been a Chelsea fan all my life, my family have been; it was a dream to play (for Chelsea), but I want to try to impress and play as much football as I can and affect the game when I’m on the pitch. (Tuchel) said he wants me to be in the team and prove myself in pre-season, so that’s the plan,” Gallagher said.
“I’m happy with that and I’m just ready to work as hard as I can to prove to him that I can play for Chelsea. That’s what I wanted to hear; that was a good phone call we had, and that gave me a clear plan for pre-season and where I’m going to be. It was great to hear.”
Gallagher then revealed his dream of playing for England at the World Cup later this year.
“I really want (to play in the World Cup) because every English player wants to play for England and a World Cup would be very special. And of course it’s very important that I play and play , “said Gallagher.
“The call was a very proud moment, of course. But it didn’t change how I viewed myself or anything. It was nice to get that recognition and belief from the manager. It’s very important to stay humble and do everything you can to perform well.”