Chelsea didn't sign a lot of players in the summer of 2021 - Romelu Lukaku was the only big addition to a squad that had just won the UEFA Champions League the previous season. Also, they had no signing in the January 2022 transfer window.
At best, the 2021/22 season has been bittersweet and topsy-turvy for Thomas Tuchel's team. Although the Blues won the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, they lost out to Liverpool in both the League Cup and FA Cup finals. Also, with the team struggling to cope with the firepower of Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League, coupled with the indifferent form of top striker, Romelu Lukaku, the departure of defensive lynchpin, Antonio Rudiger, and the poor form of their other forwards, it's obvious that the Londoners would be busy in the 2022 summer transfer market.
Football fans and punters who engage in soccer betting are always anxious to know the players' that clubs are looking forward to signing, and it is believed by fans and bettors that the more quality signing made by a team, the higher chance the team would have of winning games in the next season.
Players Expected to Join Chelsea in the Summer WindowBeing one of the top teams in England, Chelsea would always be linked to different players. However, the following, according to trusted media sources, are some of the players more likely to be signed by Chelsea:
1. Ousmane DembeleDembele, 25, is out of contract at Barcelona at the end of the season, and he has been linked to Chelsea for a while now. Barca's President Joan Laporta has also revealed that Dembele has been offered a contract, but he's been "tempted" by switching to Chelsea and other clubs.
Dembele has been having runs of injuries for a while now, making him play less for the team. Also, with the disagreement faced with the club over his contract renewal, he might be seeking to leave. It was recently reported that Tuchel was interested in a reunion with the Barca winger whom he coached at Dortmund.
However, if Chelsea were to pull off the deal, either Pulisic, Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi, or Werner might leave to make room for the attacker.
2. Jules KoundeChelsea tried signing Jules Kounde in the summer of 2021, but the deal didn't go through. The Sevilla player is still on their transfer list, as their defensive stars, Rudiger and Christensen, have agreed on deals with Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively.
According to reports, the Stamford Bridge club may not mind paying his €80 million release clause to get him in. Although the deal may not be easy, it is expected that they will try to pull it off.
3. Aurelien TchouameniMonaco's midfielder, Tchouameni, has been linked to Chelsea, and they may want to sign him this summer. With Kante and Jorginho nearing the end of their contracts in 2023, the Monaco youngster would be a great investment for the Blues but might come at the cost of selling at least one of their midfielders.
4. Borna SosaAccording to multiple reports, Stuttgart's left-back Borna Sosa is one of Chelsea's transfer targets. With Ben Chilwell being injury-prone, buying a young fullback like Sosa might be a smart deal to make.
Although they failed in their attempts at bringing him in January, it is expected that the reigning European Champions will try again and do enough to secure his services this time.
5. Carlos Henrique CasemiroIf the plan to sign Tchouameni doesn't work out, Chelsea might look towards the four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Carlos Henrique Casemiro.
Securing the services of the midfield destroyer could be a great transfer for the Blues, and many believe he would be a great upgrade to Declan Rice, which the club has been eyeing for a while now. The 30-year-old midfielder seems unhappy about his salary at the Bernabeu, and even though Ancelotti, Madrid's coach, sees him as untouchable, he could try leaving, and the London giants might seize the opportunity.