Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel has doubts about whether or not Sevilla defender Jules Kounde can succeed within the Premier League as a consequence of his top, with the defender set to hitch Barcelona as a substitute of the Blues.
The 5ft 10in centre-back has attracted curiosity from each golf equipment this summer season however no appears set to swap Andalusia for Catalonia and stay in La Liga. The Guardian experiences that the France worldwide’s meagre stature issues Tuchel, who’s out there for brand new centre-back choices with a purpose to reinforce his defence forward of the brand new season.
Although Kounde’s transfer to Stamford Bridge appeared nigh on sealed in the midst of final week, Barcelona stepped up their curiosity over the week and at the moment are favourites to safe his signature, the report provides.
The Blues at present have 4 recognised first-team centre-back choices, with Senegal worldwide Kalidou Koulibaly having been signed from Napoli with a purpose to help Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah.
However with Tuchel having employed his conventional 3-4-1-2 system since arriving at Chelsea firstly of 2021, utilizing it to make the Blues European and world champions, the German believes he requires one other defender who can play on the left of the central three.
‘We’re on the lookout for guys who can play on the left aspect,’ Tuchel instructed chelseafc.com throughout Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the USA, the place they misplaced 4-Zero to Arsenal on Sunday.
‘Toni [Rudiger] performed on the left aspect and was not a left-footed guy, so possibly Kalidou can play there as a result of he performs in a back-four on the left aspect, however let’s see what is feasible.
‘It isn’t solely about bringing gamers in for numbers; we’d like numbers, we additionally want high quality so we’ll make some choices late, not solely about gamers but additionally about programs. Ideally we might have a left-footer.’
Chelsea have been in discussions for a wide range of potential defensive signings following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers, the previous becoming a member of Real Madrid and the latter Barcelona.
They have been closely linked with a transfer for Matthijs de Ligt after he made his need to go away Juventus clear, however the Dutchman ultimately opted to hitch Bayern Munich as a substitute. After holding talks over a potential sale, Manchester Metropolis ultimately determined to retain Nathan Ake for the upcoming season.
With Kounde more and more prone to be a part of Barcelona as a substitute of shifting to London, Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe stays an possibility.
Chelsea have additionally signed Manchester Metropolis ahead Raheem Sterling for £45m to this point this summer season.
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