Chelsea place second Bayern Munich star on three-man defensive transfer shortlist

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Chelsea are preparing a move for Bayern Munich man Niklas Sule this summer, according to reports in Germany. Marina Granovskaia is set to turn to Thomas Tuchel’s homeland in the search for a new centre-back, as the Blues eye a marquee signing at the heart of defence.

Thiago Silva has made an impressive start to life in west London, since arriving on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma has lost his place in the side alongside the Brazilian with Antonio Rudiger back in from the cold.

Having let Fikayo Tomori join AC Milan, Chelsea are in need of defensive reinforcements, with the Blues set to spend big this summer.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Chelsea hold an interest in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.

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The European champions recently held a meeting with the player’s entourage and were informed of the Blues’ concrete interest.

Chelsea have also explored the idea of signing David Alaba, who is out of contract in Bavaria this summer.

There have been initial talks with the player’s agent Pini Zahavi, who is a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Ibrahimovic.

Yet with the Austrian international expected to join Real Madrid on a pre-contract agreement, it appears Chelsea are eyeing one of his team-mates.

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According to Bild, the Blues are now in the running to sign former Manchester United target Sule.

The 25-year-old has endured a tough period in his career having fought back to full fitness from a torn ACL.

Sule arrived at Bayern from Hoffenheim having become a regular in Joachim Low’s Germany side.

Back in 2019 before Bayern went on to win a historic treble under Hansi Flick, Sule was the subject of an enquiry from Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the United hierarchy were told the centre-back would cost £40million.

United baulked at that price and decided against the move before they eventually landed Harry Maguire from Leicester for a world-record fee.

While Chelsea are in the running for Upamecano, the Frenchman is expected to arrive at Bayern this summer to replace Alaba.

The departure of the versatile 28-year-old could help Sule move back up the pecking order though at Bayern, as Chelsea prepare to test their resolve.

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