Thomas Tuchel has discussed his ‘ideas’ for Chelsea’s summer transfer plans, but has stressed he would be ‘happy’ even if the club were unable to do any business.
Tuchel is preparing for his first transfer window at the west London club following his appointment back in January, the German’s first opportunity to mould his side in his image.
Chelsea are one of the clubs that have been strongly linked with a move for Erling Haaland, the Norwegian’s future already becoming somewhat of a circus as Borussia Dortmund prepare to maximise the profit on the striker who has bagged 49 goals in 49 appearances since moving to Der BVB.
However, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against relegation-threatened West Brom, Tuchel insisted he’d be ‘happy’ even if the club were unable to do any business, but opened up on his ‘ideas’ to perhaps make his squad ‘more competitive’.
“Honestly, if we have a transfer ban tomorrow, I would be a happy coach next season,” Tuchel told the press. “So we can push this team to the next limit and level, like we do. But I have ideas, of course, I have ideas how to improve this team maybe.
“It’s very, very difficult because, first of all, we have a very strong group with a strong bond, which means that we need excellent characters. That is the most important thing because we have top guys in the dressing room, and I will not allow anybody to ruin that and have a bad influence in there.
“It’s not like a puzzle where you take out a piece and put the next piece in. This is a complex situation, every transfer market. So I’m absolutely calm at the moment because of course, we have some ideas, some profiles, maybe which we think we could add to this group to make maybe even a bit more competitive, more options.
“It’s another strange situation with the pandemic worldwide. It is necessary that we as a club need to adapt and be patient. Is there even a market? How does it look? What can we invest in? Are there even chances to generate money? Is there interest in our players?
“Do other clubs have the capacity to buy players from us? Are we able to buy and do we want to? So the situation is not clear and so for me, it’s best to be patient and I agree with the club in this to not lose our head.”
Chelsea go into this weekend’s games in fourth, five points behind third placed Leicester and two ahead of West Ham in fifth in the fight for Champions League football.