Roman Abramovich ‘to hand Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel £150m to spend this summer’

Roman Abramovich ‘to hand Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel £150m to spend this summer’, despite paying £253m for new players just 12 months ago as the Blues weigh up moves for Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku with a new striker top priority

  • Thomas Tuchel will reportedly have £150m to spend for Chelsea this summer
  • The German has led the Blues to the Champions League and FA Cup finals
  • Chelsea spent £253m on new talent last summer but Frank Lampard was sacked
  • A striker is high on the list of demands with links to Dortmund’s Erling Haaland

Roman Abramovich is set to hand Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel a whopping £150million to spend on improving his squad this summer, according to reports.

Tuchel has had an immediate impact since replacing Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January, taking the Blues into the top four as well as the Champions League and FA Cup finals.

Chelsea spent £253m on new talent last summer under Lampard, bringing in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech.

Thomas Tuchel is reportedly to be handed £150million to spend on new players this summer

Roman Abramovich wants to back his German boss as they look to close the gap on Man City

Roman Abramovich wants to back his German boss as they look to close the gap on Man City

Chelsea spent £253m last summer, bringing in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell (all pictured)

Chelsea spent £253m last summer, bringing in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell (all pictured)

But, according to The Sun, Tuchel is going to be back to the tune of £150m this summer as he tries to hunt down Manchester City in the Premier League. 

Chelsea’s board are ‘delighted’ with Tuchel’s work since arriving in west London and the German will now be given funds to improve particular areas of his squad.

The Blues are in desperate need of a proven goal scorer with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham both expected to leave the club.

Werner, who joined from RB Leipzig last season, has only managed 12 goals in 48 appearances after struggling for confidence in front of goal.

Chelsea have been linked with Erling Haaland but face competition for the Borussia Dortmund starlet’s signature from a host of top European clubs.

Moves for either Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku have also both been talked up but it remains to be seen if the England captain would move to Tottenham’s London rival and if the Inter star wants to return to his former club.

The majority of top European clubs are in the race for Haaland this summer

Lukaku could return to his former club after an impressive spell at Inter Milan

Chelsea want a new striker and have been linked with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku

Earlier this week, Tuchel said he does not want to dent the harmony and optimism at the club by discussing possible transfers before the end of the season.

The German had issues with transfer strategy at Paris Saint-Germain before he was sacked last year and he is determined to avoid similar problems at Chelsea.

‘Transfer periods can be mood breakers,’ he told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s defeat by Arsenal.

‘(At Chelsea) it has been only about coaching. No second thoughts about bringing somebody in or letting somebody go.

‘A big part of my personality is on coaching and guiding my team and pushing it to the limit… I have zero ambition to ruin this atmosphere for myself or anybody else.

‘Do we have some ideas how to improve the squad? Yes, but will we fight about it? No. We will discuss it and first of all we will finish this season.’

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Ben Chilwell succeeded in winning Thomas Tuchel’s trust at Chelsea and now faces old club Leicester

Ben Chilwell’s itinerary for the coming weeks includes a trip to Porto for the Champions League final against Manchester City followed by hopefully quite a few nights at Wembley playing for England at Euro 2020.

But none of those stellar occasions will make him quite as nervous as facing former club Leicester City in this Saturday’s FA Cup final.

‘The FA Cup against Leicester is the big one for me. To play against them in the final… there has not been a game in my career that I’ve wanted to win more,’ he told MOTDx this week.

Ben Chilwell has enjoyed an impressive first season in Chelsea colours and could end it by winning both the FA Cup and the Champions League this month

It was Frank Lampard who brought Chilwell in  from Leicester last summer in a £50m deal

It was Frank Lampard who brought Chilwell in  from Leicester last summer in a £50m deal

There were concerns over his place at first but Chilwell has won the trust of Thomas Tuchel

There were concerns over his place at first but Chilwell has won the trust of Thomas Tuchel 

Not enough time has passed since Chilwell’s £50million move from Leicester to Chelsea last August for it to be any other way.

The left-back is still close to his former team-mates and he admitted that losing to them at the King Power Stadium back in January was the low point of his Chelsea career so far.

That 2-0 defeat proved to be Frank Lampard’s final Premier League match in the Chelsea job.

Chilwell had been Lampard’s undisputed first-choice at left-back – unsurprising given he signed him – but for a short time when Thomas Tuchel came in, that looked in doubt.

The German manager wanted to give everyone a clean slate and that offers Marcos Alonso, frozen out by Lampard, a route back into the team.

By Chilwell’s own admission, Alonso was far better suited to playing as a wing-back in a defensive five.

Tuchel restored Marcos Alonso to the Chelsea side at first, favouring five at the back

Tuchel restored Marcos Alonso to the Chelsea side at first, favouring five at the back

But Chilwell has regained his place on the left, featuring in all of Chelsea's important games

But Chilwell has regained his place on the left, featuring in all of Chelsea’s important games

‘I’ve not really played in a back five before. I played the first game when he [Tuchel] came in against Wolves, didn’t have my best game, wasn’t really sure on positioning, where I was meant to be,’ he told Soccer AM this week.

‘So when I came out the team I just took it as an opportunity to learn in training. Learn off Marcos, what he is doing in games. Ask the manager questions, what he thinks I can do to improve my play.

‘It just gave me that little extra push to give that little bit more to show him you should be playing.

‘And when you get your opportunity to play, make sure you take it.’

It soon became apparent to Tuchel that Chilwell could do the business as a wing-back and he has been preferred in every game of any note since.

Tuchel thanks Chilwell after he scored the second goal in Chelsea's first leg win over Porto

Tuchel thanks Chilwell after he scored the second goal in Chelsea’s first leg win over Porto 

He also completed both legs of the Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid

He also completed both legs of the Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid

Chelsea fixtures 

May 15 Leicester City (Wembley)

FA Cup final

May 18 Leicester City (H)

May 23 Aston Villa (A)

May 29 Manchester City (Porto)

Champions League final

He played in both legs of the Champions League quarter-final against Porto and the semi-final with Real Madrid, against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, and in big league games with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. First choice again, beyond all doubt.

So while there have been murmurings that Tuchel was so annoyed with his team’s performance in the 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Wednesday, chances are Chilwell will line up against his old club at Wembley.

Chilwell joined Leicester’s academy at the age of 12 and they gave him the perfect grounding in the game.

It was Claudio Ranieri that handed the teenager his first-team debut in a League Cup match during the 2015-16 title-winning season that propelled him and his team into immortality.

He was linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer of 2016 but instead penned a new five-year contract with Leicester. 

Chilwell pictured with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers following a match last season

Chilwell pictured with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers following a match last season

Chilwell scored a stunning goal for Leicester away to Watford shortly after the restart last year

Chilwell scored a stunning goal for Leicester away to Watford shortly after the restart last year

When Chilwell caught the eye on his Premier League debut against Everton in December 2016 he was a rare bright point in a season in which the reigning champions flirted with relegation.

Gradually, he displaced Christian Fuchs from the left-back position and would go from strength to strength in the three subsequent seasons.

His crossing developed during that time and the assists started to flow. His finishing, too, not least with the left-footed rocket he scored at Watford just after lockdown last season.

Such moments convinced Chelsea to make another swoop on Leicester and Chilwell duly followed N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater in treading the path from the East Midlands to Stamford Bridge.

Chilwell (left) slides in to celebrate with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic against Real

Chilwell (left) slides in to celebrate with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic against Real

An awful lot has happened in the meantime but Chilwell has enjoyed a fine season and it could yet conclude with the first two medals of his career.

Not that Leicester are exactly struggling without him. They sit above Chelsea in the Premier League table following another positive campaign under Brendan Rodgers and will be doing their utmost to win the FA Cup for the first time.

The emergence of James Justin and then 19-year-old Luke Thomas in Chilwell’s old position has shown yet again Leicester’s ability to move on following big name departures.

But Chilwell has undoubtedly taken a step up and delivered the goods. He could be set for one hell of a summer.

West Ham appeal controversial Fabian Balbuena red card against Chelsea

West Ham appeal controversial Fabian Balbuena red card, with defender sent off by VAR for catching Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell AFTER clearing the ball – in a decision branded as ‘rubbish’ by boss David Moyes

  • West Ham are to appeal Fabian Balbuena’s controversial red card vs Chelsea
  • He caught Blues’ Ben Chilwell with his studs as he cleared the ball upfield
  • Referee Chris Kavanagh checked the monitor and deemed a red card necessary 
  • Hammers boss David Moyes was stunned when the red card was shown 
  • Gary Lineker and Ian Wright took to twitter to voice their anger at the decision 

West Ham are to appeal the controversial red card shown to defender Fabian Balbuena against Chelsea on Saturday, the PA news agency understands.

Balbuena was sent off by referee Chris Kavanagh after he caught Blues full-back Ben Chilwell with his studs as he cleared the ball upfield.

Kavanagh did not initially blow for a foul but the incident was brought to his attention by VAR.

West Ham are to appeal the controversial red card shown to defender Fabian Balbuena

Balbuena cleared the ball up the pitch but slow-motion replays made the incident look worse

Balbuena cleared the ball up the pitch but slow-motion replays made the incident look worse

David Moyes criticised those responsible for making the decision to send off Fabian Balbuena

David Moyes criticised those responsible for making the decision to send off Fabian Balbuena

The official reviewed the footage on the pitchside monitor and then decided to show a straight red card to the Paraguayan centre-back.

Hammers boss David Moyes was stunned when the red card was shown, and believed it showed a lack of knowledge from those making the decisions.

‘I think it’s a decision made by someone who’s never played the game before,’ Moyes told Sky Sports.

‘Where is Balbuena meant to plant his foot? If they do think that’s a red card, the same one a few minutes later between Coufal and Rudiger is a very similar challenge. They didn’t do anything about it. 

Chris Kavanagh checked the monitor to watch replays and decided a red card was necessary

Chris Kavanagh checked the monitor to watch replays and decided a red card was necessary

‘You have somebody who doesn’t know the game. He kicks through the ball, and not for one minutes is there a bit of malice in that. It’s a rubbish decision.’ 

Moyes believes the problems are deep rooted and he has called upon referees to make a stand and begin to trust their own instincts, rather than seek assistance.

‘I just think we’ve seen another ridiculous weekend of decisions,’ he added. ‘We don’t know who to speak to now because they don’t make the decisions. I don’t see how they can make that a red card, I really don’t.

‘I actually think the referees in this country are very good and I feel as if the referees are not refereeing as they should be and that can only be coming from the top.

‘I can understand for maybe the referee to be making a mistake but for somebody to be looking at it from a screen and consider that a red card, I find that incredible.’

Gary Lineker and Ian Wright were among those to take to Twitter to voice their discontent and shock that a red card had been given. 

Lineker tweeted: ‘Oh FFS, that is not a red card. He’s just clearing the ball. Ridiculous.’ 

Wright posted: ‘Sent off for kicking the ball’ and added a string of crying laughter emojis. 

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend also took to Twitter to vent his rage at the latest VAR controversy.

‘I can’t believe it….. I’ve just witnessed a man get sent off by clearing the ball…. this has to stop….. THE GAMES GONE,’ Townsend tweeted.

Oliver Holt added: ‘Balbuena sent off at West Ham after referee consults replays. I don’t get this one. 

‘Balbuena clears the ball and his follow through means his foot connects with Chilwell’s calf. Effectively been sent off for kicking the ball. Which is a new one, even this season.’ 

‘VAR just got a player sent off for kicking a football,’ Piers Morgan posted. 

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