Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is aiming to replace Antonio Rudiger with one of his former stars at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.
Rudiger, 28, is bracing for a Stamford Bridge exit amid intensifying talks with Real Madrid. The center-back’s contract at Chelsea expires in June, which means he may arrange a pre-contract deal with Madrid next month.
Rudiger’s departure would be a blow to Tuchel and Chelsea. The German has become one of the best defenders in the world since Tuchel took over as manager in January.
He forms a solid trio with Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva. But Blues officials will now have to start looking for top-class replacements.
Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt is an option. His agent, Mino Raiola, believes the Dutchman is “Ready” for a move away from Italy. It won’t be cheap, as a € 150million (£ 127million) release clause will activate this summer.
Seville’s Jules Kounde is also on Chelsea’s radar, although the 23-year-old will be hard to pull off from Spain.
The sun, which cite the French release The team, claim that a new star is in Chelsea’s sights.
PSG mainstay Presnel Kimpembe is considered a worthy successor to Rudiger in West London. The left center-half has played 15 Ligue 1 matches this season, including 10 for PSG.
He has even been captain of the French team four times, showing his leadership skills.
Kimpembe is happy at the Parc des Princes but is reportedly ready to try out the Premier League, a major boost for Chelsea. Tuchel is also preparing a charm offensive on the Frenchman – they have known each other since the days when Tuchel led PSG.
Kimpembe is valued at £ 36million by transfer market, although he would likely cost more than that given his prominence alongside Mauricio Pochettino.
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Meanwhile, journalist Christian Falk believes Newcastle want to sign Timo Werner.
The forward is hoping to form a deadly striking partnership with Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea. But his record stands at just one league goal so far this season.
Falk said: “With Werner they feel they have a small chance. They have contacts with management. One of their players (Fabian Schar) is also managed by the German agency which represents Werner.
“The big question is whether Werner is going to end up feeling so frustrated at Chelsea and then saying ‘I’m going to try at Newcastle’ is the big question.”
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