The rise and rise again of Chelsea's Mason Mount
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Thomas Tuchel has put pen to paper on a new contract with Chelsea until 2024. Roman Abramovich was willing to reward the German for his hard work in the second half of the season as he guided the Blues to their second Champions League title.
Now Tuchel will begin to make changes to the squad he inherited back in January from Frank Lampard.
He has already made it clear that Tammy Abraham is not part of his plans while the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Emerson Palmieri and Fikayo Tomori are all expected to move on.
Kurt Zouma, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech could also follow depending on how ruthless Tuchel feels.
He is expected to stick with the same formation that brought Chelsea huge success, fielding a 3-4-3 system next season.
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Edouard Mendy will of course keep his place between the sticks following a brilliant debut campaign.
At the back, Cesar Azpilicueta could potentially drop out of the starting XI although Antonio Rudiger is yet to resolve his future.
Either way, Thiago Silva will start and he could have a new defensive partner.
Edmond Tapsoba of Bayer Leverkusen could be up for grabs at £50million and he fits the bill.
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He has thrived in a back-three this season and Chelsea have already reached out to the Bundesliga club, who they did business with last summer.
Ben Chilwell and Reece James will keep their place in the wing-back roles.
In central midfield, N’Golo Kante is undroppable but he could have a new partner in crime.
Reports claim Chelsea are interested in signing Saul Niguez, with Atletico Madrid willing to sell.
He could be up for grabs for around £45m and the Spaniard is looking to get his career back on track after a difficult campaign – despite winning La Liga.
In attack, Timo Werner will keep his place despite his wretched form in front of goal.
He could play from the left, while Kai Havertz could also roam behind the striker.
The Blues are desperate to recruit a new striker but have already been turned down by Romalu Lukaku.
Inter Milan will keep hold of the Belgian but they do have another striker that could be available in Lautaro Martinez.
The Serie A champions are currently trying to clear £70million worth of debt.
Martinez represents the chance to balance the books in one hit, although Inter won’t want to sell him.
Chelsea are unlikely to pay £150m for Harry Kane or Erling Haaland and Martinez could be the perfect alternative…
Potenital Chelsea XI after £175m spree: Mendy; Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Tapsoba; Chilwell, Kante, Saul, James; Werner, Havertz, Martinez.
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