CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel now has more control of transfers at the club following the exit of Marina Granovskaia, according to reports.
The former Blues director of football has departed Stamford Bridge after Todd Boehly's takeover.
And Chelsea's new owner has immediately put his trust in Tuchel by sanctioning the decision to offload Romelu Lukaku.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Granovskaia was keen to keep the Belgian forward for one more season as he had arrived for a club record £97.5million just 12 months earlier.
But her exit has seen Tuchel get his way, with The Telegraph claiming that Boehly opted to back his German coach by allowing the £7m loan move to Inter Milan to take place.
The decision to get rid of Lukaku is the first sign that Tuchel has more power when it comes to signings and departures.
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He will now be able to assess who is the best fit to replace Lukaku in the forward areas.
Ousmane Dembele, Raheem Sterling and Richarlison have all been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
And Tuchel will also be a key voice in deciding who is sold this summer.
Armando Broja impressed on loan at Southampton last season and is now attracting interest from fellow Premier League side West Ham.
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But Tuchel may not feel he can afford to sell another attacking player given his current crop have yet to convince in front of goal.
Mason Mount is not a red-hot goalscorer, while Timo Werner's form has improved but he remains a liability when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net.
Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are frustratingly inconsistent, while Kai Havertz has been the pick of the bunch but is still yet to managed double figures in a Premier League campaign.
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