Thomas Tuchel has insisted Chelsea still need more arrivals heading into the final few days of the transfer window.
Wesley Fofana is expected to complete a £70m transfer from Leicester to Chelsea soon, with the Frenchman having sat out the Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Leicester on Saturday. His medical is scheduled to take place on Monday. The London club are also pushing to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona and Anthony Gordon from Everton.
“Right now I think we could need some more players in some positions, but it’s very close to the end of the transfer window and when 1st September comes, I will be a happy coach no matter what happens,” said Tuchel ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Southampton on Tuesday. “I will try to find solutions and not think about what might have happened or what could be.
“Everything that matters is reality and at the moment [against Leicester] what mattered was finding a way to win. What will matter at Southampton is the same, find a way to win, step up individually and push the team from my side. This is what we will do no matter if players will come or not.”
Chelsea have already recruited Raheem Sterling – who scored both of their goals on Saturday – Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella as new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali make good on bold plans for spending and a squad revamp.
It was also announced on Monday that Ross Barkley has left Chelsea by mutual consent. The midfielder joined the club from Everton for £15m in January 2018 and consistently struggled to impress a series of managers at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has warned Gordon he will “see a different side to me” should the winger refuse to play for Everton in an attempt to force a move to Chelsea before Thursday’s deadline. Gordon’s future remains unclear with Chelsea expected to make an improved offer for the 21-year-old after a second bid, reported to be £45m, was rejected by the Merseyside club.
With Fofana absent from Leicester’s squad amid interest from Chelsea and Wolves’s Willy Boly refusing to play against Newcastle on Sunday in a bid to force through his departure from the club, Lampard was asked if Gordon could do the same. The Everton manager’s response was as clear as it was firm.
“Anthony wouldn’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t do that with me,” said Lampard ahead of Everton’s visit to Leeds on Tuesday. “ If he did try and sit out a game he’d see a different side to me. No doubt about that and I think he knows that. I’m not playing the hard one, it’s just that it would be so alien from what I’d expect from him. I just know that’s not him.
“At the same time he’s not a robot and all this attention is difficult. I understand that, I was that ambitious young player. That’s the beauty of Anthony. Hard-working. He wants to be better”
When reminded he had been in a similar situation as a young player before moving from West Ham to Chelsea in 2001, Lampard added: “Yeah, and I played three-and-a-half, four seasons for West Ham, so there’s my answer for Anthony. He’s played one for us.”
Liverpool-born Gordon, who progressed through Everton’s academy, scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brentford and was a stand-out performer. “He’s in the squad Tuesday for sure,” Lampard said. “His character’s great. He’s in the squad. He’s a huge player for us. We’re getting towards the end of the window now and Anthony’s a huge player for us and will be this season.”
Striker Neal Maupay could make his Everton debut at Elland Road after the Frenchman signed from Brighton on Friday for an undisclosed fee. “We’ll see where he is, but he’ll be involved in the squad I’m pretty sure,” said Lampard.