AA week ago, Marina Granovskya told footballers that she hadn’t decided whether to continue working for the new owner of Chelsea. Granovskya is as active in discussing her signature potential with agents as ever, and despite her long-standing relationship with Roman Abramovich, her future until the end of the transfer period. I felt that the announcement about was unlikely.
It all changed on Monday morning. First, it was announced that another Abramovich companion, Bruce Buck, had agreed to resign as chairman. Then, with a development that surprised quite a few people, it became clear that Granovskaia was certainly the next hot start. Relations with her previous administration have been cut off, initially with a proposal for Granovskya to continue her work until the end of August, but by the end of the day, some sources told her by the weekend. I was sending a tip to go.
After all, why stick round? When Inter Nazionale began negotiations last week on a loan deal with Romelu Lukaku, it was Todd Boehly who led the negotiations on behalf of Chelsea. Bailey, the new co-ruler of Chelsea, has been practicable since the acquisition of his consortium, and in a notable change in the way businesses often do business with Granovskya watches, Americans say Lukaku’s loan is Tuesday. Reached the night of.
There were no attempts to save the face. Granovskya, not Bailey, was responsible for spending £ 97.5m on Lukaku last summer. The logic was simple. After Lukaku had a disastrous season, Thomas Tuchel never got in the way of the striker, so Bailey favored the head coach and Chelsea challenged the major honors of next season.
But at this point, it’s unlikely that Chelsea will catch up with Manchester City and Liverpool in one window. There are holes to plug in defenses, the improvements needed to attack, and less time to act before the season begins. Tuchel, who is doing well with Granovskya, was able to get along with the arriving player sooner or later.
That means that Bailey and his fellow owners are already in the spotlight. It was confirmed that Granov Skya, who was taking care of the transfer and the player contract, will participate on Wednesday morning. A club statement revealing new board figures said Granovskya will provide support “to the extent necessary to support the transition” during this transfer, Bailey, who has no experience with European internal activities. Soccer will continue to serve as Chelsea’s interim sporting director until a full-time replacement is found.
Talk about jumping into the deepest part. “Bary clearly believes in himself and he’s obviously a very smart person,” says one person with a deep knowledge of the transfer market. “But football is different from any other business.”
It’s a fair comment. The intention of Chelsea to find a sporting director remains. It might be perfect if Andrea Berta was invited from Atletico Madrid and had a connection with Michael Edwards leaving Liverpool, but the situation is not ideal. Bailey is learning about his work and needs to meet Tuchel’s goals and meet with Petr Čech to provide technical and performance advisors with a guarantee of his role.
If Chef is pondering his future, Chef may be forgiven. Still, Bailey needs to avoid too many complications in one summer. Chelsea haven’t challenged the title since 2017, lagging behind Citi, who bought Arling Blaut, and Liverpool, who replaced Sadio Mané with Darwin Núñez.
Citi and Liverpool, unlike Chelsea, were able to carry out their major businesses quickly. Even if Citi is keen to bring in a left back and an additional midfield cover, their team has no obvious weaknesses. They both employ efficiently, and Chelsea, who must also be wary of Tottenham moving under Antonio Conte, has many grounds to make up for.
The change of ownership provides clubs in West London with the opportunity to adopt a more considered recruitment model. Tuchel’s squad is not incorporated into his image. Citi and Liverpool tended to buy suitable players to play with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, respectively, but Chelsea were more shotguns. They have spent a lot of money, do you have a football identity? A clear play style? Or is Tuchel simply using his tactical expertise to get the most out of a talented but unbalanced group?
Bailey can introduce another approach. He can help Tuchel and be as powerful as Guardiola or Klopp. He can abandon the ruthless and short-term culture that has gradually transformed Chelsea into a highly effective team.
However, there is a lot to do this summer. Chelsea is a centre-back consisting of Thiago Silva, who turns 38 in September, and a trio of inexperienced Malang Sarr, Levi Colwill and Trevoh Chalobah, with Cesar Azpilicueta in particular joining Barcelona. If permitted, you will not be able to enter the season. Given that Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger had terminated their contracts, we need to quickly address situations that could have been avoided by sticking to Marc Guéhi and Fikayo Tomori last summer. We need to act on the interests of defenders such as Jules Koundé of Sevilla and Joško Gvardiol of RB Leipzig.
Chelsea must be decisive. In the midfield, we need to consider whether to shift Engoro Cante or Giorginho, who lost their contract next year, and bring in younger options. The attack must try to attract valuable offers to inconsistent players such as Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
The lack of ruthlessness is a problem under Tuchel, where the problem of attack is not unique to Lukaku. The manager wants to sharpen in the last third. He likes Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who is chasing Raheem Sterling in the city with impressive statistics and is interested in joining Chelsea for free. Richarlison of Everton and Christopher Nkunku of Leipzig will be other targets, and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich will be a sign of Tuchel’s dream.
However, Lewandowski favors Barcelona and is strongly chased by Paris Saint-Germain. Few strikers are achievable, especially Harland in the city, Nuñez in Liverpool and Harry Kane in the Spurs are out of reach. Chelsea could be forced to compromise, and after trying Lukaku as a target man, Kai Havertz continued to act as a fake 9, and Tuchel became more crowded with creative players around the Germans. There is a feeling that you can move on to agile attacks.
That may work. It can make Chelsea more unpredictable and exciting. Or, given that City and Liverpool have just signed a fascinating No. 9, Tuchel may lack a reliable finisher. The problem, after all, is that there are so many unknowns in the club. It’s been a dazzling few months and the pieces are still in place. It’s time to get to work.