Chelsea are expected so as to add to their two summer signings in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly this month. Boss Thomas Tuchel has been very vocal in his ambitions to proceed strengthening his defence following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers. Here Express Sport looks on the players he could also be targeting as he looks to further strengthen his squad.
Marc Cucurella could turn out to be Chelsea’s third summer signing after reports claimed the Spanish full-back is near completing a move to Stamford Bridge. The Spanish defender was in talks to hitch Manchester City but Pep Guardiola’s side were unwilling to satisfy Brighton’s £50million valuation.
The 24-year-old could cover each the left-sided centre-back and wing-back positions, each of which he played in last season under Graham Potter, as Tuchel seeks defensive reinforcements. His ability to play in each roles could also allow the German coach to ease Ben Chilwell back into the fold following his ACL injury.
Leicester City reportedly would should receive a club-record fee of £85m to sell the French defender, and Brendan Rodgers has poured cold water on a possible move but after missing out on several defensive options Chelsea could also be prepared to pay a premium fee for the person they imagine could possibly be the important thing to solving their issues on the back.
The 21-year-old only made seven Premier League appearances last season after suffering a leg break, but Fofana showed loads of potential during his first season in England.
Tuchel himself reportedly made a phone call to Josko Gvardiol to persuade the RB Leipzig man to maneuver to Stamford Bridge, signalling the German’s admiration of the defender. Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the Croatian international, who after a powerful first season within the Bundesliga has earned him loads of plaudits.
Gvardiol could slot in on the left-side of Tuchel’s back three, nevertheless the German club are demanding in excess of £70m earlier in the summertime. Chelsea could offer Timo Werner in exchange during negotiations, because the forward looks set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer and could possibly be set to maneuver back to the Red Bull side he shone at.