Chelsea summer transfers: Possible starting XI for 2022/2023 season

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Chelsea summer transfers: Possible starting XI for 2022/2023 season

Chelsea’s season in 2021/22 was a disappointment, with off-field turmoil compounded by defeats in both domestic cup finals.

Following this summer, the Blues will be hoping for bigger and better things under new owner Todd Boehly.

Their team, on the other hand, is currently undergoing major surgery. Thankfully, there is still time to correct the situation.

Here’s how Thomas Tuchel could start the season next year.

GOALKEEPERS CHELSEA 2022/2023

Apart from a few gaffes, Edouard Mendy had another good season and will start the 2022/23 season as Stamford Bridge’s undisputed first choice.

The most expensive goalkeeper in history, Kepa Arrizabalaga, is a long-term Newcastle United target, but the Magpies are also considering signing Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, so he may stay.

If anyone is interested, Marcus Bettinelli’s contract also has one year left on it.

DEFENDERS CHELSEA 2022/2023

Chelsea have stumbled into a defensive issue that needs to be addressed this summer.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have joined Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, and Cesar Azpilicueta, a fellow Blaugrana target, might join them in La Liga next season.

Thankfully, Thiago Silva and Trevoh Chalobah will continue to play.

Chelsea will continue to strengthen their defense, with Jules Kounde and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol both on the wish list.

Levi Colwill, who shone on loan at Huddersfield last season, should be vying for a starting berth as well. Remember Ethan Ampadu, who was with Venezia throughout the campaign?

The two full-back positions will be filled by Reece James and Ben Chilwell, but further depth on both sides may be required if Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso – another player attracting interest from Barcelona – leave the club.

Emerson should be welcomed back into the fold after a solid season with Lyon. Kenedy can also play as a left wing-back if necessary.

2022/2023 CHELSEA N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, both midfielders, are out of contract in the summer of 2023, and Chelsea are content to let the latter go rather than renew both of their contracts.

The most likely outcome appears to be a return to Italy.

Mateo Kovacic was the finest midfielder for the Blues at the end of the season and will be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Crystal Palace’s player of the season, Conor Gallagher, should and should join him in the midfield alongside Kante.

Another former Palace loanee, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, appeared to gain a starting spot at times last season, though he is still linked with a move away from the capital.

Billy Gilmour will almost definitely be loaned out again, but Saul Niguez’s chances of becoming a regular member of the team are slim. West Ham’s Declan Rice is a long shot to join the squad.

FORWARD CHELSEA 2022/2023

In the forward position, Chelsea must make a number of crucial decisions.

They are keen to cut their losses on Romelu Lukaku after just one season, with the Belgian willing to accept a salary cut to return to Inter.

Chelsea will be concerned about more than just outgoings, as Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have been linked with moves abroad once again.

They are hoping to get Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer, and they have also been linked with a move for free-scoring Christopher Nkunku.

Lautaro Martinez is another option if the Blues decide Kai Havertz is lacking as a starting center-forward.

After a loan spell at Southampton, Armando Broja is returning to Stamford Bridge, although another loan exit is likely.

CHELSEA’S POTENTIAL STARTING XI FOR 2022/2023

Edouard Mendy is the goalkeeper (GK)

Reece James (RB), Jules Kounde (CB), Thiago Silva (CB), and Ben Chilwell (CB) are the defenders (LB)

Mateo Kovacic (CM), N’Golo Kante (CM), Conor Gallagher (CM) are the midfielders (CM)

Ousmane Dembele (RW), Kai Havertz (ST), and Mason Mount lead the attack (LW)