Despite the resurgence of Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, a pair of critical positions are set to be addressed in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea have embarked on a remarkable 14-match unbeaten run after Tuchel replaced the axed Frank Lampard. That streak has thrust Chelsea back into the top four. Furthermore, progression to the Champions League quarter final stages has been secured.
The hallmark of the Blues’ revival has been their stubborn defence. Just two goals have been conceded during the German’s tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s squad was overhauled last summer to the tune of almost £250 million. Virtually every department of their squad was addressed.
However, online outlet Football London reveal centre-back is one position Tuchel and the club ‘want to strengthen’ despite it currently being a strong point.
Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta has slotted in seamlessly on the right side of a back three. Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have outperformed expectations in Thiago Silva’s absence.
However, the trio are all out of contract at the end of next season.
Silva, 36, has been one of the signings of the season after his free agent arrival from PSG. The option of extending his deal by a year is described as ‘likely’ but eventually his advancing age will become an issue.
As such, three names have been cited as potential targets for the club’s summer warchest.
Bundesliga pair Ibrahima Konate and Nikolas Sule are mentioned (via the Athletic) along with Atletico stalwart Jose Gimenez.
Any of the trio would not come cheap, but would cost a lot less than the man they have in mind to address the second position.
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Neither Timo Werner nor Olivier Giroud have set the world alight since in Tuchel’s regime. Tammy Abraham, meanwhile, has fallen further down the pecking order.
That led to Kai Havertz being deployed as a No. 9 in recent matches.
The German often played in the most advanced position for former club Bayer Leverkusen, though doing so for Chelsea is only viewed as a temporary solution.
A report last week detailed how owner Roman Abramovich could be willing to break one of his own rules to land the superstar.