Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Cucurella, Slonina and other summer 2022 window player signings, loans & deals


With Todd Boehly now at the helm of Chelsea, the Blues can begin to ramp up their summer transfer window, with plenty of changes in store for the club.

The club previously looked set for an uncertain build up to the 2022-23 Premier League season due to Roman Abramovich’s sanctioning by the UK Government due to his alleged links with Vladimir Putin, but Boehly came to the rescue, purchasing the club and installing himself temporarily as Sporting Director.

With his guidance, moves have already been made to bring in the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, and more transfers are expected. There’s also been plenty of movement out of Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Rudiger departing on a free transfer to Real Madrid while Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter Milan on loan.

It feels like the Blues aren’t done yet, even as they continue a pre-season tour of the United States with stops in Las Vegas and Charlotte.



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Gabriel Slonina signs from MLS

Chelsea have announced the signing of 18-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel “Gaga” Slonina from MLS club Chicago Fire.

The youngster has signed a six-year contract with the London club, and has been immediately loaned back to the MLS club. The club announced Slonina will finish his season in Chicago before heading to London at the start of the 2023 calendar year.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the club shelled out ?12.4 million ($15m / EUR14.8m) plus add-ons for his signature.

Chelsea seek ?50m Cucurella deal after Man City end talks

According to reports in the UK, including via Sky Sports, Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Marc Cucurella.

The Spanish defender had reportedly handed in a transfer request to try to force through a move to Manchester City, but with the two clubs unable to agree a fee, that deal appears to be dead in the water.

Chelsea have therefore jumped at the chance to sign the 24-year-old. They are said to be willing to match Brighton’s demands for ?50 million ($61.4 million), and there are rumours that teenager Levi Colwill will be offered to the Seagulls to sweeten the deal.

Chelsea join chase for Frenkie de Jong

The Blues are poised to make an offer for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, reports Sport.

A summer target of Manchester United, De Jong has been hesitant to leave Camp Nou but the fact Chelsea are in the Champions League makes a move to Stamford Bridge more appealing.

Both the Red Devils and Blues are reportedly willing to pay out the remainder of his Barca contract which he deferred part of due to the Spanish club’s recent financial difficulties.

Should De Jong depart, Xavi’s side will sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City with a full agreement already reached for the midfielder.

Chelsea ready to loan out both Werner and Kepa

According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea could let both Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga leave the club on loan this summer.

Werner is wanted by both Juventus and RV Leipzig but no deal is close to being done.

Kepa, meanwhile, is wanted by Napoli and talks over a loan move are reportedly progressing.

UPDATE (August 1): According to Marca, Chelsea have also offered Werner to Real Madrid with either a loan or permanent move on the table. Werner wants a move and Real Madrid are currently short on attackers.

Chelsea move for Jules Kounde hijacked by Barcelona

Fabrizio Romano has stated that Jules Kounde could leave Sevilla this summer, with Chelsea believed to be ‘leading the race’ for his signature. The Sevillians are said to be drawing up a list of replacements for outgoing central defender Diego Carlos, who will join Aston Villa when the transfer window opens.

Romano has also hinted that they could be in the market for defenders due to the possibility of Jules Kounde departing the club, with Chelsea currently in pole position to sign the 23-year-old. Kounde would be a statement signing under the stewardship of new owners, whilst would be a long-term replacement for Antonio Rudiger who has completed a free transfer to Real Madrid.

UPDATE (July 28): Barcelona formally announced that a deal for Kounde had been reached, dealing Chelsea a blow in the transfer market as they search for defensive upgrades. Reports indicate the fee is around EUR55 million (?47.6m / $57.8m).

UPDATE (July 25): After reportedly entering the race just a week prior, a number of reports, including Fabrizio Romano, The Guardian and Sport, claim Barcelona are set to win the race for Jules Kounde. The reports indicate that Kounde has given the green light for a move to Barcelona, but has not yet agreed to a deal with Chelsea, and The Blues are not prepared to wait any longer for an answer. A deal for Kounde at Barcelona could see Cesar Azpilicueta stay at Stamford Bridge.

UPDATE (Jun 13): Reports from Football London claim Chelsea are ready to restart negotiations with Sevilla over Kounde with an opening offer of EUR50m (?42.6m/$52.3m) already submitted. The French star remains a key target for Tuchel but Carlos’ exit has reduced Sevilla’s need to sell for a lower price than previously demanded.

Chelsea target Kimpembe chooses to stay at PSG

According to a host of reports, including by The Athletic on July 13 and the Daily Mail four days later, Chelsea are close to securing a deal for PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe.

The reports state that The Blues are set to submit a EUR46.3 million (?40m / $48.7m) bid for the Frenchman, which will come very close to PSG’s valuation. Still, there remains competition from Juventus, so nothing has been moved across the finish line just yet.

The 26-year-old has worked with Thomas Tuchel before at PSG, and has 26 caps for the French national team through his career. He has spent his whole club career at PSG, joining the youth system at age nine. New PSG manager Christophe Galtier told L’Equipe recently that he “likes” Kimpembe, and that the two of them have “laughed about it together” regarding the transfers.

UPDATE (July 28): In a major U-turn and another blow to Chelsea in the transfer market, reports indicate that Kimpembe has decided to stay at PSG for the coming season. According to Le10Sport in France, Kimpembe has firmly decided he will remain at Parc des Princes this season despite the club looking to offload him at times this summer. The 26-year-old figures to be a key cog in the PSG defense, and remains at his boyhood club.

It’s the second major miss for a defender this summer at Chelsea, as the Blues also reportedly failed with an effort to bring Nathan Ake from Man City.

July 15
Nathan Ake
The Athletic
Reports linked Chelsa to the Man City defender,but he will be staying at the Etihad.
July 14
Cristiano Ronaldo
The Telegraph
The Man United striker was linked with the Blues,but the London club has now pulled out ofnegotiations.
June 28
Ousmane Dembele
The Frenchman was linked with a free transferto Chelsea at times during the summer, but hasreturned to Barcelona by signing a new contract
June 15
Chelsea reportedly had interest in the LeedsUnited winger pre-sanctions, but he hascompleted a move to Barcelona.
June 9
Denzel Dumfries
Gazzetta dello Sport
The Blues reportedly wanted the Dutchfull-back as part of the Lukaku deal, but thisnever materialized as Lukaku moved on loan.
June 9
Christpher Nkunku
Fabrizio Romano(via CaughtOffside)
The RB Leipzig striker reportedly interestedChelsea, but he has signed a new contract withthe Bundesliga club.
June 8
Ibrahim Sangare
Sky Sports
Chelsea reportedly want the PSV midfielderwho has a EUR35m release clause in his contract.
June 8
The Sun
The Everton forward reportedly “favored” a moveto Chelsea, but ultimately completed a switch toLondon rivals Tottenham.
June 7
Gabriel Jesus
Chelsea reportedly had interest in the Man Cityforward, but he has signed for Arsenal instead.

Chelsea Transfers: Summer 2022 transfer window

Players In:

Transfer/Loan Fee
Jul. 13, 2022
Raheem Sterling
Man City
?50.8m (EUR58.8m / $61.8m)
Jul. 16, 2022
Kalidou Koulibaly
?34.4m (EUR39.7m / $41.8m)
Aug. 2, 2022
Gabriel Slonina
Chicago Fire
?12.4m ($15m / EUR14.8m)
Aug. 2, 2022
Carney Chukwuemeka
Aston Villa
?20m (EUR23.9m / $24.2m)

Raheem Sterling: Chelsea made a splash by securing the England international to bolster the attacking ranks. Sterling will likely play up front as a striker, replacing Lukaku at the head of the attack, although he’s more natural as a left winger. Sterling arrives on a five-year deal through the summer of 2027.

Kalidou Koulibaly: The Napoli centre-back is the crown jewel of Chelsea’s defensive revolution. With Rudiger and Christensen already gone and others close to a departure, the arrival of Koulibaly was critical. The 31-year-old defender signed a four-year contract through the summer of 2026.

Gabriel Slonina: The young American was chased by Real Madrid as well, but Chelsea won the race, loaning Slonina back to his MLS side Chicago Fire until the end of the American club season.

Players Out:

Transfer/Loan Fee
Jul. 1, 2022
Saul Niguez
Atletico Madrid
End of Loan
Jul. 1, 2022
Danny Drinkwater
Free Transfer
Jul. 1, 2022
Romelu Lukaku
Inter Milan
Loan (Fee: EUR8.4m)
Jul. 1, 2022
Antonio Rudiger
Real Madrid
Free Transfer
Jul. 4, 2022
Andreas Christensen
Free Transfer

Romelu Lukaku: After a massively disappointing first year at Chelsea following his gargantuan deal last summer, Lukaku heads back to Inter for a measly EUR8.4 million loan fee. It’s an embarrassment for Chelsea, but the club should be commended for not continuing to force what clearly wasn’t working.

Antonio Rudiger: As widely reported throughout the latter half of last season, the German international has officially moved to Real Madrid at the expiration of his Chelsea contract.

Saul: The Blues declined to trigger the purchase option in the 27-year-old’s loan deal, sending him back to Atletico Madrid.

Andreas Christensen: With Barcelona looking for a few cheaper adds, Christensen made his way to the Camp Nou on a free transfer. The 26-year-old never truly established himself at Stamford Bridge, earning consistent minutes but never locking down a true starting role that the likes of Rudiger enjoyed.

Below is the updated Chelsea first-team squad. New additions during the summer 2022 window are noted in bold:

Goalkeepers (3): Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli.

Defenders (7): Cesar Azpilicueta (RB), Thiago Silva (CB), Trevoh Chalobah (CB), Marcos Alonso (LB), Ben Chilwell (LB), Malang Sarr (CB), Reece James (RB), Kalidou Koulibaly (CB), Antonio Rudiger (CB), Andreas Christensen (CB).

Midfielders (7): N’Golo Kante (CM), Jorginho (CM), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM), Mateo Kovacic (CM), Mason Mount (CAM), Ross Barkley (CAM), Kenedy (CAM), Saul (CM), Danny Drinkwater (CM).

Forwards (6): Christian Pulisic (LW), Hakim Ziyech (RW), Timo Werner (LW), Kai Havertz (CF), Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW), Raheem Sterling (LW), Romelu Lukaku (CF).

CB = centre back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = centre forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing

The current Chelsea projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:

Chelsea projected starting XI (3-4-3): Mendy (GK) — Azpilicueta, Silva, Christensen — Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, James — Mount, Lukaku, Havertz

Chelsea in Premier League 2022/23 TV channels, live streams

TV channel
Sky Sports, BT Sport
USA Network, Telemundo, Universo

NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime
fuboTV, Peacock
Optus Sport

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.

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