Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has revealed the ‘dream’ centre-back signing for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea, in addition to a more realistic option.
Chelsea run the risk of losing several key defenders in the summer. Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all have contracts which expire on June 30.
The Blues have begun renewal discussions with all three stars, although they are yet to result in any conclusion.
Rudiger is attracting interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Christensen and Azpilicueta, meanwhile, are both on Barcelona’s shortlist.
The defensive uncertainty means new players could be targeted by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
According a recent report from the Daily Mirror, Adama Webster of Brighton may be signed to bolster Tuchel’s backline. But Romano now details two more impressive signings for the recent Club World Cup winners.
He claims Chelsea’s ‘dream’ capture is that of PSG skipper Marquinhos. The Brazil international, 27, has been one of the best central defenders in world football over the past five years.
Blues to miss out on statement capture
Clearly, he would be a statement signing for Granovskaia and Chelsea, but Romano states the French club will not be selling him.
As such, the Blues ‘will insist’ on landing Jules Kounde from Sevilla instead. He has been on their radar for some time and could finally move to Stamford Bridge this year.
23-year-old Kounde is a more attainable target than Marquinhos as he has a release clause in his contract. It stands at £77million, as per 90Min.
Chelsea’s constant pressure to sign him is also forcing the La Liga outfit into action. Romano claims they are ‘exploring the market’ in case the France international moves on later this year.
They are analysing players in Serie A to replace Kounde’s influence on the team, although such stars remain unnamed right now.
Sevilla could endure a calamitous summer as fellow centre-back Diego Carlos is a target for Newcastle, too.
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