Sterling latest, de Ligt battle and the big Chelsea decision Thomas Tuchel faces in pre-season

Chelsea head out to the United States this weekend to step up their pre-season preparations – and as things stand, they will do so without a first-team signing being made

It was on Saturday that Chelsea’s preparation for the 2022/23 campaign got underway at Cobham. A number of senior stars returned and were joined for the early pre-season sessions by several players who spent last season out on loan. There were even a few members from the academy sides involved.

There were no new signings, however. They haven’t been made as yet. Much effort has been put in over the past three weeks by new co-owner Todd Boehly but beyond Romelu Lukaku clinching a return to Inter Milan on loan, it’s been a quiet transfer window for Chelsea.

That should change in the weeks ahead. Raheem Sterling is expected to arrive from Man City while talks continue with Juventus over a deal for Matthijs de Ligt. There are a number of other centre-back targets, too, including Nathan Ake, Presnel Kimpembe and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Attacking reinforcements – in addition to Sterling – are also expected. A fee with Leeds United for Raphinha has been agreed for some time, but the Brazilian continues to wait on Barcelona. And more fanciful and high-profile global stars have also been linked with blockbuster moves to Stamford Bridge: we’re talking Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.

As always with the Blues, there is much to debate and discuss, especially with the summer transfer window and the possibility of Tuchel trying out a new formation this summer, something which would be a big call from the German. So we felt it right to give you, the supporters, a chance to ask our chief Chelsea correspondent Adam Newson any question you like about the club.

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