Chelsea’s transfer window has been handed one more blow because it has been reported that Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe has decided not to go away the club. The Blues also appear to have missed out on Barcelona-bound Jules Kounde, a long-term goal, meaning their defensive woes remain unsolved.
Following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, signing defenders has been a priority for Chelsea this summer. Nonetheless, they’ve encountered several issues despite their willingness to spend big with the intention to revamp their backline.
After Nathan Ake decided that he desired to stay at Manchester City and Barcelona hijacked the Blues’ deal for Kounde, Kimpembe seemed to be the following name on the list for Thomas Tuchel’s side to press on with signing. Nonetheless, the France international has now turned his back on a move to the Premier League, says Le10Sport, despite several phone calls with Tuchel about his project in London.
PSG were open about selling the 26-year-old so long as their valuation of roughly £43million was met, however the defender has now decided that he would really like to stay at his boyhood club for the foreseeable future. Chelsea will now be forced to look elsewhere or risk heading into next season with an understocked backline.
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Chelsea’s previous signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli will definitely soften the blow of Kimpembe snubbing them, though there are fears that the side’s defensive crisis could worsen in the approaching weeks. Each Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have been linked with making a move to Barcelona, meaning that Tuchel’s backline will lack further depth and require further investment.
Speaking concerning the approach for club captain Azpilicueta, Tuchel told Sky Sports News: “I understand his wish, his concerns, his thoughts about his profession and his personal life, but he can also be our captain, an enormous captain and a legend and a winner. And I do not see many reasons as my role as manager to provide up on all these strengths that he has.”