Tottenham: Mason coy when pushed on Kane's future
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Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Harry Kane’s representatives, with the Tottenham striker looking to find a new challenge at the end of the season. Express Sport takes a look at what Thomas Tuchel’s starting line-up could look like with two other signings including Kane’s possible arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa’s £70m transfer to Chelsea in 2018 from Athletic Bilbao hasn’t quite gone to plan for either party, with the Blues opting to sign Edouard Mendy after a disappointing start to Kepa’s career.
However, with Kepa featuring in the domestic cup competitions since Tuchel took over and helping them to the FA Cup final, I feel as though the Spaniard could get his opportunity back as the Blues No 1 next season.
Defenders: Rudiger, Silva, Marquinhos
Tuchel has stuck with the 3-4-3 formation since he arrived in West London, and I see no reason why he would change that next season. They have used various players in defence, including Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma, who don’t fit into this team.
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The Blues have conceded the fewest goals in the division since Tuchel joined the club, so I don’t think he’ll tinker his defence too much.
Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva have probably been the strongest performers for Chelsea this season, and Tuchel could look to his old side for someone to join them at the back.
Marquinhos played 48 games under the German during his time at PSG, and he would undoubtedly improve the Blues backline if he were to join the club.
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Reece James and Ben Chilwell haven’t been guaranteed starters under Tuchel since his appointment, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marcos Alonso also featuring in those positions.
However, I believe that the English duo are their strongest options at wing-back and will feature most frequently next season.
N’Golo Kante has been superb and arguably Chelsea’s best performer under Tuchel.
Mason Mount has featured in a front three more often than not this season, but perhaps he could play in a slightly deeper role if Kane were to move to Stamford Bridge.
Mount and his good friend Declan Rice – who he grew up playing with – could partner each other in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield, with Tuchel perhaps signing the West Ham midfielder as a more mobile option to Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic.
Forwards: Havertz, Kane, Werner
Timo Werner’s move to Chelsea has been unspectacular, to say the least. His form has undoubtedly improved since Tuchel’s arrival, however. He and fellow German Kai Havertz, who has also benefitted from the former Dortmund man’s appointment, could spearhead the attack alongside Kane.
The way Kane has tended to drop deep into midfield this season would allow Werner and Havertz to run off the Tottenham man, and it could be an unbelievably difficult front three to stop – a front three that could end up costing Chelsea upwards of £275m.
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