Chelsea ‘in talks’ to sign Juventus ace Denis Zakaria

Thomas Tuchel previews Chelsea's trip to Southampton

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Chelsea have reportedly approached Juventus over the possibility of signing defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria on transfer deadline day. The Blues are also thought to be keeping tabs on Eredivisie stars Ibrahim Sangare and Edson Alvarez, but have been met with resistance on both fronts. 

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is evidently keen to add another midfielder to his ranks, despite already juggling established stars like Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Conor Gallagher is also in the mix and has been a regular fixture this term after impressing on loan at Crystal Palace in 2021/22. 

It seems as though there is no room for Billy Gilmour, however, who was once hailed as a wonderkid at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have reportedly arrived at a £9million agreement with Brighton to secure the 21-year-old’s permanent exit, which could pave the way for Zakaria to trade Turin for London. 

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea have made a late approach to Juve and are in the midst of talks over a season-long loan with an option to buy. Ajax star Alvarez and PSV maestro Sangare have also been touted as options but neither of the Dutch clubs appears ready to let their respective players go. 

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