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Thomas Tuchel 'will receive £200million to spend on new players this summer' after Todd Boehly's £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea was finally approved.
The Stamford Bridge club's new American ownership wish to make a clear statement of their intention to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for major honours in the years ahead.
Thomas Tuchel will be given £200million to spend this summer after Todd Boehly's takeover
Boehly's consortium finally completed their takeover of the Stamford Bridge club this week
Chelsea finished third in the final Premier League standings - 19 points adrift of champions City and 18 behind Liverpool - but reached the final of both domestic cup competitions.
Now the takeover has been approved by the UK government, as well as Portugal - Abramovich has a Portuguese passport - and the European Commission, plans can be made to take Chelsea forward and take on the top two.
According to the Daily Telegraph, this will include handing manager Tuchel a transfer war chest of around £200m, factoring in proceeds from anticipated player sales in the summer window.
Boehly spoke to Tuchel and the players following their final day win over Watford and acknowledged the need to act quickly to secure targets.
The top priority will be to solve Chelsea's problems in defence, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving the club on free transfers and the future of captain Cesar Azpilicueta still uncertain.
Jules Kounde, the Sevilla defender, is likely to make the move to Stamford Bridge this summer
The RB Leipzig defender Josip Gvardiol has also been linked with a move to Chelsea
Chelsea have reportedly drawn up an eight-man list of defensive options, topped by Sevilla's Jules Kounde, who they failed to sign last year, and RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol.
It is anticipated Chelsea will sign Kounde, who can play on the right side of Tuchel's favoured back three, but may face competition from the likes of Manchester