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Thomas Tuchel: How Chelsea backed manager with Premier League-high £278m summer spend

The 2022 summer transfer window slammed shut at 11pm on September 1; Chelsea signed Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wesley Fofana, Denis Zakaria, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella

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Chelsea backed Thomas Tuchel with a £278m transfer spend this summer, before sacking him on September 7.

The Blues splashed a record-breaking amount in the summer transfer window on a host of new players - which heaped pressure on Tuchel from the get-go.

Chelsea recorded a league-topping £228.4m net spend, ahead of Manchester United, West Ham and Nottingham Forest.

Additionally, question marks were raised over some of the fees paid on incomings, with Raheem Sterling arguably the only addition to have proven, sustained pedigree in the Premier League. Sterling cost less than prospects Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella.

Here, we run through the ins, outs and players linked with Chelsea over an expensive, busy summer window.

Who did Chelsea sign?

Marc Cucurella (right) and Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey
Image: Marc Cucurella (right) impressed in his first season with Brighton

Marc Cucurella - Chelsea, £60m

Raheem Sterling - Man City, £47.5m

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Kalidou Koulibaly - Napoli, £33m

Omari Hutchinson - Arsenal, free

Carney Chukwuemeka - Aston Villa, £20m

Cesare Casadei - Inter Milan, £16.8m

Wesley Fofana - Leicester, £75m

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Barcelona, £10.3m

Denis Zakaria - Juventus, loan

Who did Chelsea sell?

Callum Hudson-Odoi - Bayer Leverkusen, loan

Emerson Palmieri - West Ham, £15m

Timo Werner - RB Leipzig, £25.3m

Antonio Rudiger - Real Madrid, free

Antonio Rudiger
Image: Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is leaving the club this summer

Andreas Christensen - Barcelona, free

Danny Drinkwater - released

Charly Musonda - released

Jake Clarke-Salter - QPR, free

Lucas Bergstrom - Peterborough, loan

Sam McClelland - Barrow, loan

Romelu Lukaku - Inter, loan

Nathan Baxter - Hull, loan

Jamie Cumming - MK Dons, loan

Ian Maatsen - Burnley, loan

Tino Anjorin - Huddersfield, loan

Malang Sarr - Monaco, loan

Ross Barkley - released

Baba Rahman - Reading, loan

Dujon Sterling - Stoke, loan

Xavier Simons - Hull, loan

Ethan Ampadu - Spezia, loan

Jayden Wareham - Leyton Orient, loan

Harvey Vale - Hull City, loan

Bryan Fiabema - Forest Green, loan

Billy Gilmour - Brighton, £10m

Who were Chelsea linked with?

Edson Alavarez (Ajax)

Mehdi Taremi (Porto)

Rafael Leao (AC Milan)

Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)

Ibrahim Sangare (PSV)

Arsen Zakharyan (Dinamo Moscow)

Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

Lucas Ocampos (Ajax)

Anthony Gordon (Everton)

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd)

Harry Maguire (Man Utd)

Ivan Toney (Brentford)

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