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    Thomas Tuchel to be handed a £150m transfer ‘warchest’ by Chelsea

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

    Chelsea’s striking options

    Chelsea currently have a number of centre-forward options at their disposal.

    All of Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Kai Havertz (as a false nine) can occupy the central spot in the Blues’ attack.

    However, there are also question marks over all of those players at present.

    Giroud, who is out of contract in the summer, does not seem to have much of a future at Stamford Bridge, with Abraham’s lack of game-time under Tuchel also pointing towards an exit.

    This leaves just Werner and Havertz, with the latter not a natural goalscorer, and Werner having seriously struggled for consistency during his stint in England thus far.

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    Thomas Tuchel to be handed a £150m transfer ‘warchest’ by Chelsea

    Chelsea’s German forward Timo Werner (L) vies with Real Madrid’s French defender Raphael Varane during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, on the outskirts of Madrid, on April 27, 2021. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP) (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

    Tuchel to get £150m

    So, when the summer window rolls around, signing a centre-forward looks likely to be a priority in west London, particularly if Abraham is sold, and Giroud leaves on a free.

    And a report from the Sun suggests that Chelsea will indeed be on the lookout for reinforcements up top ahead of next season.

    It is claimed that Thomas Tuchel, whom the Blues board are said to be delighted with, will be handed a £150m ‘warchest’ for new signings.

    It is added that securing a proven goalscorer is a priority for the Londoners, with the names of both Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku mentioned as potential targets.

    Neither player, though, is likely to come cheap. It was reported in April that Inter would want £102m for their star hitman, whilst Borussia Dortmund would supposedly demand about £154m for Haaland.

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    3 Leicester City FC 36 21 66
    4 Chelsea FC 36 22 64
    5 Liverpool FC 35 20 60
    6 West Ham United FC 35 10 58
    7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 20 56
    8 Everton FC 35 4 56
    9 Arsenal FC 36 12 55
    10 Leeds United 35 0 50
    11 Aston Villa FC 35 8 49
    12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 35 -12 45
    13 Crystal Palace FC 35 -22 41
    14 Southampton FC 35 -18 40
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    16 Newcastle United FC 35 -18 39
    17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 35 -5 37
    18 Fulham FC 35 -22 27
    19 West Bromwich Albion 35 -36 26
    20 Sheffield United FC 35 -44 17
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    Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
    Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 15
    Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
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    Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
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    Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 9

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