Chelsea are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in Jules Kounde, with Antonio Rudiger said to be edging closer to a record-breaking deal with Real Madrid.
Although Chelsea’s squad currently appears to be stacked with talent, the situation surrounding the contracts of a few key players may leave some significant holes for Thomas Tuchel to fill.
In defence, a number of starters are yet to agree to an extension, meaning the solid foundations upon which Champions League glory was established last season could quickly begin to deteriorate.
With that in mind, it’s no shock that the majority of transfer buzz around Stamford Bridge is centred around possible incomings and outgoings in defence.
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Silva extension “matter of time”
While Chelsea are uncertain over the future of a number of defenders at the club, Thiago Silva appears set to stick around.
According to Fabrizio Romano, it’s a “matter of time” before the veteran agrees a new deal at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Despite his advancing years, the 37-year-old is still a crucial player for the Blues and has excelled at the heart of Tuchel’s three-man back line.
The manager and the Chelsea board are said to be “super happy” with the Brazilian, per Romano.
Kounde back on the radar
According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Sport Witness ), the Blues are ready to reignite their interest in Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.
The France international was liked with Chelsea throughout the summer and following the sale of Kurt Zouma to West Ham United some expected a transfer to materialise. In the end, the Premier League and La Liga outfits were unable to reach an agreement.
In the report, it’s said Chelsea have “long been interested” in the 23-year-old and see him as a potential replacement for Antonio Rudiger, should the German international leave at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Rudiger wants to quadruple salary
In the same report, it’s claimed Chelsea and Rudiger have become “distant”, with the centre-back edging closer to a move to Real Madrid.
Mundo Deportivo say that Rudiger wants to quadruple his current salary and in doing so become one of the highest-paid defenders in world football.
Los Blancos lost Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos in the summer, although new signing David Alaba has formed a solid partnership with the excellent Eder Militao under Carlo Ancelotti. As such, Rudiger would have his work cut out getting regular football at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Given how well Rudiger has performed for the Blues as of late, fans will be hopeful an agreement can still be reached over his future. Tuchel called for “patience” when asked about the player earlier this week.