Time is running out for Chelsea if they are to strengthen in the January transfer window but planning will have already started for the summer as well.
While Thomas Tuchel continues to chase a new left-back to offer support to Marcos Alonso for the rest of the campaign, a new midfield gem is one of the manager’s top priorities in the long term.
Both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are now 30-years-old and while Mateo Kovacic will still have plenty to offer in the coming years, Chelsea would be wise to bring in one of the many highly-rated youngsters taking the game by storm.
Conor Gallagher is expected to come back into the first-team fold next season following an excellent loan spell with Crystal Palace but Tuchel still wants one more option.
Declan Rice has long been reported as a target of the Blues while Jude Bellingham and Frenkie De Jong have also been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.
However, the Blues boss has singled out Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni as his number one target and a fresh report from Marca details that he wants the club to sign the 21-year-old ‘at all costs’.
The Frenchman has shot to prominence in Ligue 1 and is being tracked by Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as Chelsea.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Tchouameni has previously discussed his future, insisting that he does not let it distract him from his work with Monaco.
“I remember I was in Paris, after the Nations League. I woke up and my phone had blown up,” he said.
“My father called me, we talked about everything and he told me that I was on the front page of Marca. I went on Twitter and saw for myself.
“I told him it was cool, but what does it actually matter? It doesn’t. The front page of Marca will not define me or allow me to perform well in matches. It’s not real life, but it is the media world, the football business. They talk about me today but tomorrow, they’ll be talking about another.
“In the dressing room, they put the cover up and laughed’ ‘Oh, you’re leaving us already?’ It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.”
Source by Football London