At this point in the season, Chelsea fans will just be looking forward to the FA Cup final and be hoping for a resolution to the Roman Abramovich saga. Bad results in the Premier League and Champions League have seen them fall completely out of the picture for those trophies, with only the FA Cup now to play for.
There are continued updates around the club’s ownership as prospective bidders line up to take control after the Russian billionaire. The takeover will no doubt impact how Chelsea can operate in this summer’s transfer window with a view to improving Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
A speedy resolution would be the best outcome ahead of a summer in which Chelsea know they need to acquire some talented players as Tuchel continues to build his Chelsea squad.
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One area which will be a priority for the Blues will be at centre-back, with Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta all set to become free agents. Here is a round-up of the latest transfer news and rumours:
Pau Torres eyed by Chelsea
Chelsea are set to battle it out with Manchester United for Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres. Sport Witness has claimed that Torres, who has a release clause of £56.5 million, is expected to garner interest once again this summer and could finally be enticed to join a Premier League club.
Torres has been a long-term target of Manchester United, and is currently in the midst of his best season so far – helping lead the Yellow Submarine to the Champions League semi-final.
Chelsea showing interest in Josko Gvardiol
Journalist Nathan Gissang has reported that Chelsea are showing serious interest in Red Bull Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol.
The 20-year-old is seen as one of the most highly-rated young centre-backs in Europe, and has performed well in his first year in Germany. Tuchel is said to be a fan, as Chelsea look for a left-sided centre-back.
Blues in battle for Amos Pieper
Chelsea are in a battle with Borussia Dortmund for Arminia Bielefeld centre-back Amos Pieper. That’s according to The Mirror, who is set to become a free agent this summer.
Pieper has had a breakout season in the Bundesliga this year, putting in a number of standout performances. Southampton and Newcastle are also reportedly interested in the 24-year-old.
Source by Football London