Chelsea’s roster is going through some serious changes this summer with big names leaving the club and being replaced. The potential Chelsea starting XI 2022-23 lineup has some fresh faces and new names.
First, let’s look at the potential lineup and then explain the additions. Spoiler alert to fellow Americans: Christian Pulisic doesn’t make it into this potential lineup. The formation is manager Thomas Tuchel’s preferred 3-4-2-1 look.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI 2022-23
With Romelu Lukaku heading back to Inter Milan it seems as of now that Kai Havertz will have the starting gig up top. There have been rumors of Timo Werner going on loan. RB Leipzig and Juventus have shown interest in the German speedster.
The two supporting forwards in this potential lineup are Chelsea’s player of the year last season, Mason Mount, and new signing from Manchester City Raheem Sterling. It’s reported that the transfer fee for Sterling was just over $60 million.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 13, 2022
Pulisic could have a difficult time finding starts for Chelsea with the incoming transfer of Sterling. There have been rumors swirling around about if the American forward will find a new club this summer.
The Chelsea midfield is unchanged from last season. If everyone is healthy then N’golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić should get the start, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jorginho or Ruben Loftus-Cheek make appearances too. Reece James and a now-healthy Ben Chilwell will add support from the wingback positions.
A drawn out transfer drama saga with Brighton also sees the arrival of Marc Cucurella who will compete with Chilwell at left wing back.
CLUB STATEMENT: MARC CUCURELLA.Following reports from numerous media outlets this week, we can confirm an agreement has been reached with Brighton and Hove Albion for the signing of Marc Cucurella.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2022
The defense is where the lineup lost the most players from last season. The Blues’ defense was gutted in the transfer market with Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen leaving for LaLiga. Barcelona was also going after César Azpilicueta and left back Marcos Alonso, but it's now been confirmed that Azpilicueta will stay at Stamford Bridge. Alonso could still go.
I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home. It is almost 10 years since I first arrived and joined the club. I really feel the love of our fans and I am really excited for the new project we have in our hands… pic.twitter.com/wia6DEjvKI— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) August 4, 2022
Barcelona are really close to signing Marcos Alonso! Talks are progressing well with Chelsea after Cucurella deal completed, personal terms agreed months ago. Been told it's now really close. #FCBParties waiting for Tuchel's green light but now finally confident. pic.twitter.com/wsBV6aYTu7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 5, 2022
The 2022 summer transfer window was a brutal one for Chelsea. Barcelona snagged several of Chelsea's potential transfer targets including defender Jules Koundé. Another transfer that fell through was former Blue Nathan Aké. He looked close to a reunion, but Manchester City pulled the plug on the deal.
Nathan Ake staying at Manchester City. Chelsea showed a strong interest but #MCFC would only sell if valuation met. That hasn’t happened & mutual decision taken for 27yo Dutch defender to remain & play key part in Pep Guardiola plans @TheAthleticUK #CFC https://t.co/Ehz9VbBNpg— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 15, 2022
Chelsea was also linked with PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe but couldn't land the signing.
One new face is confirmed for Chelsea’s backline. The latest Chelsea signing is long-time Napoli center back Kalidou Koulibaly. The 31-year-old Senegalese defender had been with Napoli since 2014.
Kalidou Koulibaly can be considered new Chelsea player. It's all signed and completed. ✅ #CFC▫️ Contract signed, four year deal + option for further season.
▫️ Documents completed between Napoli and Chelsea for €40m.
▫️ Medical successfully completed in London, now LA. pic.twitter.com/nuWi51Svwd
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 15, 2022
Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, here we go! Full agreement in place for €40m fee add-ons completed, bid accepted. Napoli are checking the documents then it will be official. #CFCKoulibaly will sign long-term deal for €10m net salary per season. First centre back, signed. pic.twitter.com/Flr0XSN7wu
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 13, 2022
— Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) July 15, 2022
Just for fun I have included another potential Chelsea starting XI if all the transfer rumors came true. This lineup includes the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Serge Gnabry, who were linked to Chelsea this summer but won't be joining the Blues. This lineup only exists in Chelsea fans' dreams.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI 2022-23 (If More Rumors Were True)