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top targets Thomas Tuchel talks transfers as he reveals his ideal number of new arrivals


Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League final

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League final

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League final

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is making plans for a busy summer in the transfer market and he has revealed his ideal number of new arrivals as he looks to build on his side's Champions League triumph.

Tuchel is set to be handed a contract that will see him secure his future with the Stamford Bridge club until the summer of 2024 after last Saturday's 1-0 win against Manchester City in the Champions League final.

Now he has confirmed he will move into a house in London in July, as he looks to bed down roots in the English capital as he eyes up a lengthy spell in the Chelsea hot-seat.

He has also spoken to Chelsea chiefs about transfer targets, with a striker at the top of his wanted list this summer.

Chelsea won the Champions League despite starting with misfiring Germany striker Timo Werner and now Chelsea officials are ready to spend big to back Tuchel with a high-profile lead marksman.

As sundayworld.com revealed last week, that striker could be Inter Milan's Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku, who is at the top of the club's wanted list.

While Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland are viewed as dream signings, Lukaku may be the more realistic option as Inter Milan are looking to raise funds from player sales this summer.

Inter have suggested Lukaku is the one player they will not consider selling, but Tuchel has suggested the striker he needs will not be the only big-name arrival this summer.

"Two or three could be very, very good. It's a constant thing to never deny also change," he stated.

"You always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it's a good thing.

"We don't need another seven and another complete turnover because it's also our job to keep on improving because we have still a young squad and it's now about stealing from them the chance to prove it again that they are capable of growing and evolving.

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"But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us."

Tuchel's Champions League triumph ensured he will be handed a contract extension by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and he held his first extended meeting the Russian billionaire at the Blues' team hotel in Portugal on Sunday morning.

"We all know that even if we have a longer contract, there are no doubts I want to stay and it's even not the most important thing," he added.

"If I have a one-year contract I will work in the same way like if I have a three or four year contract. It will not change so much because I demand a lot from myself and it will not affect my input and my energy. I'm very happy to be here, it's a fantastic beginning and we go now for the next one.

"This is now the challenge. It's like a similar deal with Tom Brady when they ask him what is his favourite win and he says 'the next one'. So this is now the thing, we have a Premier League to play from day one.

"We will be seen a bit differently as Champions League winners and this is where we have to step up. If we really want to build something, I'm all in, I can tell you."

European champions Chelsea will have a training camp in Dublin in July as part of their preparations for the new season.

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