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Chelsea have improved significantly since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss in January and the Blues need just two players this summer to challenge for the title next season.
According to former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson, Chelsea can become title contenders next season if Tuchel signs a younger centre-back and a ‘top striker’ like Erling Haaland this summer.
“I think they need a top, younger centre half and they need a top striker,” Johnson told Metro.co.uk.
“Obviously they’ve spent a lot of money in the wide areas and in midfield. I think they’re a far better side with Giroud and he’s the guy that they’ve been trying to get out of the door for the last few years. It shows you that they’ve tried to replace him and haven’t managed to do so.
“I think a top striker is the main thing. Giroud is 34 now so there’s only so much he can do. The same stands at centre-half because Thiago Silva is different class but his body can’t cope with the Premier League every week.”
Chelsea have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who has struck 43 goals in 43 games for the Bundesliga giants since joining from RB Salzburg and Johnson believes he is ideal for Chelsea.
“I think someone like Haaland would be ideal,” added Johnson.
“He’d be the perfect replacement for Giroud. He’s big, he’s quick, he’s powerful, he’s unbelievable in front of goal.
“Those sort of signings give a lift to the rest of the dressing room and it would be a real statement if they could pull it off.”