Chelsea are considering rivalling Tottenham for Everton’s Richarlison.
The Blues are interested in the Brazil striker as a potential replacement for Inter Milan-bound Romelu Lukaku.
Spurs are very keen on Richarlison and the Toffees are braced for them to bid – but he is also one of several options Chelsea are looking at to improve their front-line.
Thomas Tuchel could sign as many as three new forwards, with interest in Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, who is soon to be out of contract.
In defence, Chelsea are also targeting two centre-backs having lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen and are keen on bringing their former academy graduate Nathan Ake back to the club.
Sky in Italy have already reported Chelsea’s interest in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.
Director Granovskaia is staying to oversee the transition during the transfer window but Cech will depart at the end of the month.
Last week, Sky Sports News reported that former Liverpool technical director Michael Edwards is expected to be approached by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly over a potential role at the club.
Chelsea kick-off their 2022/23 season with a trip to Frank Lampard’s Everton live on Sky Sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s side face a reunion with Blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6, kick-off 5.30pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in West London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.
Their final fixture before the month-long break for the World Cup is away at Newcastle, and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, with the latter the start of a bumper last five games including Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home on the final day.
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