Chelsea: Tuchel’s interesting response to top four race
Thomas Tuchel could be set to revamp his defensive unit at Chelsea in the summer with plans to sign Jerome Boateng, according to reports. The Blues aren’t short of options at centre-back with Thiago Silva joining at the start of the season.
The Brazilian has been a regular at the back this campaign, with the likes of Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all vying for a starting spot alongside him.
Fikayo Tomori was forced to head out on loan to AC Milan in January having struggled to break back into the first-team set up.
But it appears more changes could be made at the back as Tuchel plans to stamp his mark on the Chelsea squad.
Close to £250million was spent on new signings last summer though and it appears Chelsea may be looking at potential free agents.
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Silva’s impact at Stamford Bridge proves that clubs can sign top talents who are out of contract.
And there’s set to be a number of high profile footballers who could be available for free this summer.
David Alaba’s future has been a huge talking point with Bayern Munich withdrawing their contract offer earlier in the campaign.
But the Austria international is not the only Bayern defender who could potentially leave at the end of the season.
Boateng, 32, is also out of contract and it doesn’t appear as though Bayern are prepared to offer him a new deal.
The Germany international has enjoyed huge success at Bayern since joining from Hamburg in 2011, winning eight Bundesliga titles and two Champions League winner’s medals.
And according to Bild, Boateng is among a list of defenders Chelsea will be looking to sign this summer.
It is claimed that Boateng isn’t Chelsea’s top choice, with Dayot Upamecano said to be a priority.
But the RB Leipzig defender is being strongly linked with a move to Bayern, meaning Chelsea may have to turn their attentions elsewhere.
And signing Boateng would certainly get the seal of approval from Tuchel, who reportedly tried to sign him on two separate occasions during his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.
Bringing in another defender though means Chelsea will almost certainly have to offload at least one of their current options.
Zouma had been a regular starter under Frank Lampard but the 26-year-old is yet to make an appearance since Tuchel came in.
Tomori’s future is also uncertain as Milan have an option to buy him at the end of his loan spell for £27million.
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