Chelsea stumbled to a 3-0 loss to Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday in the Premier League. The loss ended coach Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start to the new league season.
Meanwhile, the Blues are battling Manchester United for the signing of a striker from Brentford. Elsewhere, Barcelona have ended their pursuit of Blues full-back Marcos Alonso.
On that note, here’s a rundown of Chelsea’s top transfer stories as of August 21, 2022:
Chelsea beat Manchester United for Ivan Toney
Chelsea are locked in a battle with Manchester United over Ivan Toney, according to The mirror.
The Blues are eager to bring in a new No. 9 this summer and are hot on the heels of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, the club are also keeping a close eye on Toney, who has been very impressive for Brentford recently.
The Englishman has 49 goals in 92 games for the Bees, including two goals in three games this season. The Red Devils are interested in the 26-year-old as they look to strengthen their attack. However, the Old Trafford outfit could face competition from the Blues for the signing of Toney this summer.
Barcelona end pursuit of Marcos Alonso
Barcelona have ended their pursuit of Marcos Alonso, according to reputable journalist David Ornstein.
The Blaugrana were eager to secure the signing of Chelsea full-back as Jordi Alba’s replacement. Alonso has dropped the pecking order at Stamford Bridge since Marc Cucurella’s arrival.
The player wants to go in search of regular football and has been linked with a move to Camp Nou all summer. However, it now looks like the La Liga giants have dropped their plans to sign the Spaniard. Barcelona are focused on registering some of their new arrivals and he is unlikely to return for Alonso this summer.
Thomas Tuchel admits striker curse at Stamford Bridge
Thomas Tuchel has spoken out about the striker’s curse at Chelsea. The Blues have seen most of their No.9s struggle over the past two decades.
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are the latest casualties, with both players allowed to leave this summer with the former on loan. The London giants are now scrambling to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lead their line.
Speaking to the press, Tuchel said the club shouldn’t frustrate their next striker:
“That’s a very good question, and I find it difficult to give a straight answer. But we have to make sure it’s not a self-fulfilling prophecy that we create for ourselves. I was ready to improve the situation with Romelu. I was ready to give him new thoughts, new energy. But that was not to be the case. We had a difficult, disappointing year in this relationship with Romelu,” said Tuchel.
“We expected more; he expected more, and I expected more of myself. Alright, let’s start again. But, still, we shouldn’t create our own self-fulfilling prophecy that the next striker won’t succeed. And, of course, it’s up to me to create an environment and a team that creates enough chances for a striker to finally have the final touch and score!”
Chelsea will face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday August 27.
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