Chelsea has a three-man transfer shortlist, which includes targets from Manchester United and Arsenal.
Thomas Tuchel wants to add to his roster in order to improve on his team’s Champions League victory last season.
Chelsea are said to be interested in three centre-backs this summer, as Thomas Tuchel aims to build on his team’s Champions League victory last season. Last season, the Blues finished fourth in the Premier League, and they will be aiming for their first league title since 2017.
Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, and Antonio Rudiger are their current first-team central defenders, with Cesar Azpilicueta also capable of playing in that position.
Reece James, who has primarily played wing-back under Tuchel, also filled in for him at the conclusion of last season.
Ethan Ampadu and Malang Sarr will also be returning to the club following loan spells.
Tuchel, though, is still looking to bolster his midfield, according to The Athletic, and both Arsenal target Ben White and Raphael Varane – a player Manchester United has been linked with all summer – are on their shortlist.
Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule is also said to be attracting interest.
Sergio Ramos was also on the Blues’ radar before he joined PSG, according to the source.
It’s unclear whether they’ll try to transfer any of their present defenders.
Marc Guehi, a 20-year-old defender who spent last season on loan at Swansea and signed for Crystal Palace on Thursday, is one of the players who has already departed the club.
Tuchel’s interest in bringing in another defender suggests he wants to remain with the 3-4-2-1 formation that helped them win the Champions League earlier this season.
They started with a back-three of Rudiger, Silva, and Azpilicueta in the final against Manchester City, and they won 1-0 with a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are apparently still interested in signing a striker this summer, with Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund being one of their targets.
According to Sky Germany, the Blues’ initial offer for the Norwegian was rejected by Dortmund.
Haaland is not for sale, according to the German club.
However, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, remains open-minded about a move this summer as he continues to hold conversations with Chelsea behind the scenes.
The £64 million release clause on the 20-year-old will become activated next summer, attracting interest from clubs all over Europe.
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