Isak signs, Olise alternative found and PSR problem solved - Chelsea's biggest transfer jobs

Alexander Isak
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Even for Chelsea's standards, this transfer window has been ridiculous thus far. Every day, a new name is mentioned.

The Blues have a new era ahead of them with Enzo Maresca the man in the dugout now. The Italian replaces Mauricio Pochettino with the Argentine lasting just one season as head coach at Stamford Bridge.

Maresca will be hoping for a positive start as Chelsea boss and to continue the team's progress towards the end of last season, where Pochettino led his side to five consecutive wins to wrap up the campaign. And the club are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the 44-year-old has the best possible squad to compete towards the top end of the Premier League in his debut season.

So far, we have seen Tosin Adarabioyo come through the door at Cobham with the former Fulham defender signing on a free transfer with his contract at Craven Cottage expiring. There are, though, set to be a few more faces arriving at Stamford Bridge between now and the conclusion of the transfer window. And, with that being said, looks at the club's three biggest jobs to do in that time.

Make huge statement with Isak signing

Signing Alexander Isak this summer would be a massive statement from Chelsea. The Blues are reported to have enquired about the Swede's availability but Newcastle United are not in desperate need to sell the striker in this window - and any move for him would cost extortionate, record-breaking money.

Isak is one of the best strikers in the Premier League right now. The market, as we speak, is very limited in terms of strikers. There are not many 'world-class' options available.

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While the suggestions are that Isak is also not available, Newcastle themselves publicly admitted every player has their price; particularly with the Profitability and Sustainability Rules that are determining Premier League clubs' spending nowadays. The club's chief executive Darren Eales said this in January: "It's difficult to hypothesise but, if we're offered £1billion for one of those players, then no-one could argue against that making sense.

"If we're going to get to where we want to get to, at times it is necessary to trade your players. It is counter-intuitive and part of the inherent system of PSR that there is an incentive to trade your players, if you want to re-invest."

Olise alternative discovered

Chelsea really wanted Michael Olise but for one reason or another, the club decided to pull out of the race to sign the winger. Olise now looks Bayern Munich-bound and Chelsea have to move on from the France Under-23 international.

Nico Williams is someone who has attracted interest from Stamford Bridge officials, although his wage demands have forced the club to cool their interest somewhat. And with Williams enjoying a fantastic Euro 2024 thus far with Spain, his stock is only going to increase this summer.

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Either way, Chelsea are looking for a new right-sided winger. While understands Noni Madueke remains highly-rated by many in SW6, the club are looking for another option for Maresca to play on the right-hand side next season.

Solve PSR problem

While I did suggest signing Isak at the start of the article, the club would have to go through some measures to make such a deal possible. We know already that there are a number of players the club are either actively looking to sell or are at least considering making available this summer.

Conor Gallagher is one of them. The England international has big interest from Aston Villa and Tottenham, however nothing will be decided regarding his future until he returns from Euro 2024 duty. The Three Lions have made it through to the Round of 16, where they will play on Sunday evening.

Ian Maatsen is on his way out. Aston Villa and Chelsea have reached an agreement in principle for the Netherlands international. The Blues are set to receive just shy of £40million for Maatsen and that sale will account for pure profit under PSR guidelines.

Armando Broja also looks to be on his way out. Chelsea are looking to sell the Albanian striker, understands, and will demand £35million for his services.

The only way to make a mega-money move for Isak feasible is to sell, sell and sell. Does that sound like a good window?