Thomas Tuchel's perfect start to life at Chelsea could see him rewarded with a transfer kitty in the region of £200m to make 'two or three additions'.
The European champions were big spenders last summer, bringing in Kai Havertz (£71m), Timo Werner (47.5m), Ben Chilwell (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£36m), and Edouard Mendy (£21m) for a combined fee of £220m.
The new signings played a key role in the Blues' Champions League glory, with Havertz scoring the lone goal in the final against Manchester City.
Mendy was also a standout performer in his first season at the London club, keeping nine clean sheets in Europe and finishing second behind Ederson in the Premier League.
Despite the heavy spending and the wealth of quality players at the club, there is always room for one or two.
Speaking after the Champions League final, Tuchel clarified why he needs two or three players this summer;
"Two or three [signings] could be very, very good.
"It's a constant thing to never deny change. That you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it's a good thing.
"We don't need another seven and another complete turnover because it's also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it's not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again that they are capable of growing and evolving.
So, which players are the Blues eyeing?
🇳🇴 Erling Haaland (20)
The young forward, arguably the most sought-after striker in Europe, has emerged as a top target for the Blues, who struggled for goals despite having Werner in their ranks.
Former player Romelu Lukaku was also rumoured as a target, but he, together with his agent, recently said he was happy in Milan and was not planning on leaving.
Haaland could cost in the upward of £150m, but the Blues can comfortably afford the youngster, who has a £65m release clause in his contract that can be triggered next year.
🇲🇦 Achraf Hakimi (22)
The Blues are battling for the Inter Milan defender's signature with PSG, who equally want a right-sided player.
Tuchel wants the pacy defender, not as Reece James' replacement but one of the key players on the wing in his favoured 3-5-3 formation.
Inter Milan are however holding their ground and unwilling to let the Moroccan leave, but could be tempted if the Blues throw in a player as part of the deal.
Chelsea are in direct contact with Achraf Hakimi’s camp. Inter want €80m to sell him on a permanent deal - PSG offered €60m and they’re still pushing to reach an agreement. 🇲🇦 #PSG #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 9, 2021
Chelsea are also open to offer players as part of the deal. 🔵 #transfers https://t.co/vbBMTdYEvB
Wolves winger Adama Traore has also been mentioned as a possible target, with reports indicating he could be a cheaper option if the Blues fail to land Hakimi.
🏴 Declan Rice (22)
Rice is one player who came closest to joining the Blues last summer but a deal failed to materialse.
Just like his predecessor Frank Lampard, Tuchel is said to be a huge admirer of the England international and sees him as a perfect midfielder cover.
The midfielder has developed into one of the finest defensive midfielders in the Premier League and has been tracked by both Man City and rivals Man United.
West Ham are not interested in selling one of their prized assets, but a mega bid from the Blues or any of the Manchester clubs could be tempting.
The 22-year-old, who grew at Chelsea, will reportedly command a fee north of £70m.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would play Declan Rice in midfield despite Frank Lampard previously wanting the West Ham star to be a centre-back, according to reports. The Blues have reignited their interest in the England international with the transfer window creeping closer. pic.twitter.com/bL8D3tbyH4— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) June 3, 2021