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Report – Chelsea in the market for a new defender this summer

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Chelsea in the market for a new defender in the summer

According to Matt Law of the Telegraph via CFC Daily, Chelsea could be in the market for a new defender come the summer.

The Blues signed Thiago Silva for free and the Brazilian has gone on to solidify the Blues rearguard this season.

The veteran Brazilian has formed a formidable partnership with Kurt Zouma and is the club’s first-choice defensive pairing. However, he is set to turn 37 this year, Silva is not a long-term option.

While Chelsea do have three other central defenders in their roster, their standing at the club is suspect. Andreas Christensen is the third choice centre-back, while Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori make up the numbers.

Both Christensen and Rudiger’s contracts are up in the summer of 2022. It makes sense for the club to move them on in the summer and reinvest the money in bringing in suitable replacements.

Tomori meanwhile is held in high regard and could still have a future at Chelsea. The 23-year-old is touted to leave on loan this January. Regular game time elsewhere will kickstart his development that has somewhat stalled.

marc Guehi and Andreas Christensen could be on their way our of Chelsea
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea (Getty Images)

Law also went on to confirm that the Blues do have the option to extend Silva’s contract by another year. Given the impact he has had, it will be well earned.

A long-term option!

One defender who will be available in the summer is Dayot Upamecano. According to the Guardian, the RB Leipzig ace is set to see out the remainder of the season in Germany before moving on at the end of the season.

The Blues are among a host of clubs keen on the 22-year-old services. He would surely be an upgrade over the defensive cast we have today. Whether the club will make a move for him remains to be seen.

Dayot Upamecano is a man in demand
Dayot Upamecano is a man in demand

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Despite a busy summer, the Blues are still a work in progress. Of Chelsea’s backline, only Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell can be considered long-term options.

It remains to be seen as to who will join them at the club.

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Tuchel increasingly keen on signing 25-year-old Bundesliga star for Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel extremely keen on signing Niklas Sule

According to Munich based publication Abendzietung (h/t The Express), Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is increasingly keen on signing Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule.

The German manager took over at Chelsea from Frank Lampard last month. He is unbeaten as Blues boss and has led the club back into the top four.

Despite the season being far from done, it would appear that Tuchel is already planning his summer moves. High on his wishlist is the Bayern defender who is a force to reckon with.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is increasingly keen on signing Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule.
Thomas Tuchel is keen for Chelsea to sign Niklas Sule (Photo by Visionhaus)

The 25-year-old is one of the best players at Bayern and is their defensive rock at the back. With Jerome Boateng not getting any younger, Sule can be considered the future of the Die Roten rearguard.

A towering presence at the back, Sule is also an incredible athlete with pace to burn. An all-rounder, it is clear to see why Tuchel wants him at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues backline has improved but still has some ways to go before being called formidable. There are few better players than Sule to do just that.

A hard sell!

The German international for his part is settled in Munich and shares a good relationship with Hansi Flick. With Bayern looking set to add to last season’s heroics, there is little reason for him to leave.

Sule is an all action player excellent in several aspects
Sule is an all action player excellent in several aspects

Sule has made 24 appearances for the Bundesliga giants this season, scoring two goals. His ability to offer a threat on set -pieces adds to his value. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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With David Alaba on his way out and Jerome Boateng also out of contract next summer, Bayern face a summer of rebuild.

Having already signed Dayot Upamecano, it makes little sense for them to sell Sule. The duo together is a frightening pairing on paper.

Whether a breakthrough can be achieved remains to be seen. Securing Sule would be nothing short of a coup for Chelsea.

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Report: Prolific European star sends transfer message amidst Chelsea interest

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Erling Haaland teases potential transfer as Chelsea continue to keep tabs on him

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. The Norwegian is one of the best young talents in world football.

A serial scorer, he looks at home at the top level despite his tender age of 21. A prolific scorer at RB Salzburg, he moved to Dortmund in January 2020.

Haaland has since gone on to further improve his game and has racked up amazing numbers. He has so far scored 41 goals and made 10 assists in just 42 games for the German side. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring for Borussia Dortmund. (GETTY Images)
Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring for Borussia Dortmund. (GETTY Images)

Haaland scored twice and assisted another against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, further cementing his spot as a player to watch.

According to The Mirror, Haaland refused to rule out a move away and professed to be happy at garnering the attention of multiple top sides.

“It’s always nice when someone wants you.”

Chelsea will however have to contend with competition from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool for his signature. It is fair to say that there is the potential for a bidding war to take place.

Erling Haaland teases potential transfer as Chelsea continue to keep tabs on him
Signing Erling Haaland would be a coup for Chelsea (AFP via Getty Images)

Haaland has a £66.6m release clause in his Dortmund contract. But this does not become active until the end of the 2021-22 season. By waiting that long, we run the risk of another team trumping us to his signature.

Dortmund meanwhile value the player at £100m and could be open to a deal this summer. With a defensive rebuild also needed, it remains to be seen if Chelsea are willing to sanction such a deal for the Norwegian.

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Haaland and Kylian Mbappe represent the upcoming superstars of tomorrow. Securing one of them would be a massive coup for Chelsea and would send a message to our rivals that we mean business.

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“A nasty one” – Chelsea star opens up on his difficult return from serious long-term injury

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Callum Hudson-Odoi linked with a move to Bayern Munich again.

Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi opens up on his recovery from long-term injury

Speaking to the club’s official site (h/t Football.london), Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has opened up on his recovery from what could have been a potentially nasty Achilles Tendon injury.

The Blues starlet spent 141 days out of action in 2019 from an injury that most players dread. Thankfully, he was able to make a full recovery and has since returned to the first-team fold.

The 20-year-old missed 11 games and spent the summer of 2019 recuperating. While it may have been frustrating for him to go through it, he believes the Chelsea staff ensured they got his recovery right.

“That injury was definitely a nasty one for me as it took me a very, very long time to recover.”

Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi successfully recovered from a ruptured Achilles Tendon injury
Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi successfully recovered from a ruptured Achilles Tendon injury

Back to his best!

Hudson-Odoi was keen to return to the fitness levels he showed before his injury and feels he has achieved that. It hasn’t been an easy road and the player had support around him to ensure he did what was needed.

“I’ve been working really hard off the pitch to try and get all my muscle and strength back and to get everything to how it was before I got my injury. Everyone has done superbly trying to get me back as quick as possible and I feel like I’m back to where I was.”

It was Hudson-Odoi’s first major injury and thankfully, he came out of it well. The setback came at a point when he was establishing himself in the senior side. He may have had to wait a while, but is now back in the fold, impressing as we all knew he would.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was a target for Bayern Munich (Getty Images)
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been deployed as a wingback by Tuchel (Getty Images)

Primarily a winger, Hudson -Odoi has been deployed as a wing-back by new manager Thomas Tuchel. Whether this represents a unique opportunity for the player to discover a new strength remains to be seen.

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The youngster’s injury was serious enough for the club and the fans to be worried about. Thankfully, with time and proper treatment, he has managed to overcome the hurdle and rekindle his career. Just 20, he still has a long way to go in his career.

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Chelsea cool their interest in English star even as rivals continue to be linked

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Declan Rice has been linked with Chelsea

Chelsea concede ground to Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for Declan Rice

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast (h/t The Express), Ian McGarry has revealed that Chelsea have cooled their interest in Declan Rice.

The West Ham United star came through the ranks at Stamford Bridge before being released by the club in 2014. In recent windows, he been linked with a return, especially given the high opinion Frank Lampard had of him.

However, it would appear that the change in guard has brought about a change in priorities of the club’s transfer targets.

“He is no longer on the transfer list of recruitment possibilities for the Stamford Bridge club.”

Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)
Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)

With the Blues taking a backseat, Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have made overtures to land the Hammers ace.

“Both of whom have expressed interest to Rice’s agent as we understand and they have asked to be kept informed of any offers made for the England international.”

Both clubs have made contact with the player’s agent and with Chelsea out of the picture, United could sign him in the summer. Ironically, now that we are out of the running, West Ham are willing to let Rice leave for a lower fee. (h/t Irish Sun)

But Thomas Tuchel has his own plans for who he wants to bring in during the summer. The German appears to have earmarked Nicklas Sule as a key target. However, the player is well settled at Bayern Munich and could prove difficult to acquire. (h/t The Express)

Chelsea are interested in Sule (Photo by Visionhaus)

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Chelsea’s drop in interest regarding Rice does not take away from the fact that he has had an excellent season. The 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and could turn out to be an excellent signing elsewhere.

As of now, a new dawn beckons and the Thomas Tuchel era has only just got going.

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