Marina Granoskaia’s £42m plan solves big Thomas Tuchel problem

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Marina Granovskaia looks set to take the next step towards rectifying Chelsea’s infamous reputation as a club that stockpiles players.

The Blues’ loan network has evolved into a world-leading programme that provides emerging talent the opportunity to learn their trade under the guidance of loan player technical coach Paulo Ferreira and his team.

Over the years, Roman Abramovich’s legion has lined the club with an annual financial safety net while also providing opportunities for individuals who have caught the manager’s eye.

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However, before the announcement of new plans to regulate loans from July 2022 subject to the approval of the Fifa Council, Chelsea’s network was hoarding players without offering a clear pathway into the first-team.

In February 2020, Fifa announced plans to limit the number of loan deals per season, both in and out of the club, to eight for the 2021/22 season – applying just to international loans at first – before it would then be reduced to six from 2022/23.

As a result, Chelsea have made a conscious effort to trim down the edges of their loan network and use the EFL as a primary route for emerging prospects.

However, despite the club’s best efforts to thin the books, the west Londoners have been left with several players who lack a unique selling point on the fringes of the first team.

Chelsea’s latest transfer target looks to solve this problem while also opening doors for high-priority signings that may interest Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues have taken an interest in Anderlecht defender Sergio Gomez, according to TEAMtalk.

This season, Gomez has impressed under Vincent Kompany, directly contributing towards 16 goals and assists from left-back in just 21 Jupiler Pro League games.

In the summer, he joined the Belgian side from Borussia Dortmund and has thrived since converting from a central-midfielder to a full-back, just like David Alaba was in the early stages of his career.

Gomez’s incredible versatility, technical ability, and engine make him the perfect signing for Tuchel. With Chelsea looking to trim their squad and arm themselves with the tools for a Premier League title push.

The Spain Under-21 international, which is valued at £8.1 million by Transfermarkt, could feature as either a left-back, left wing-back or left-winger for the Blues.

Chelsea’s potential three-for-one deal could solve the futures of Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley, Lewis Baker and Kenedy, securing a £33.8 million windfall, according to Transfermarkt, while also building the foundations to the next generation at Stamford Bridge.

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