Tuchel ‘takes lead in Chelsea transfer business’

Chelsea’s new owners are looking to get our transfers “closer to the Manchester City and Liverpool models”, which sounds great, but they are also looking to give Thomas Tuchel a “lead” in said transfer business, which seems less important. Giving the boss ultimate power is as old school as it gets!

Modern teams, including City and Liverpool, are more driven by overarching committees and philosophies – the key is to align all decision makers rather than give anyone absolute power. Liverpool are also known to use data-driven models that look to exploit market inefficiencies to gain any slight advantage, which previous reports suggested Chelsea would also use (just as our owners are already using the LA Dodgers, for example).

Tuchel, like most new coaches, has been heavily involved in our transfer work already, so hopefully this is just part of the kind PR for the club to show him their general support. We all know trainers are still the most indispensable piece of the process if results go wrong. Boehly may not be Abramovich in this regard, but coaches lasting more than three years, for example, are extremely rare at any level these days. But it is good that we are looking to build around Tuchel, our “biggest asset”, by giving it the “loudest voice” and hopefully become Ferguson or Wenger Guardiola or Klopp – here for a long period of continuous success, excellence and titles. (Or we fire him in six months and continue our haphazard, scattered team-building habits of the past.)

In terms of goals, the Law report mentions the usual names we’ve heard so far this summer: Jules Koundé is the priority, and it could be another Matthijs de Ligt or Josko Gvardiol to aid the defence. Declan Rice “cannot be ruled out yet” but we are “not close” to any kind of deal for Ousmane Dembele…or Raheem Sterling or Christopher Nkunku.

Perhaps most interestingly, the report gives a little more weight to the idea that Romelu Lukaku could be ditched as an example of what giving Tuchel such a leadership role would entail (although Tuchel was clearly implicated in the decision last summer to bring in Lukaku but whatever) .

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