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Thomas Tuchel responds to Chelsea transfer links with Dayot Upamecano and Erling Haaland

Thomas Tuchel won’t be conducting any of Chelsea’s transfer business in public after refusing to comment specifically on reported interest in RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano and Borrusia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

After arriving with less than a week to the end of the January transfer window, Tuchel is working with Frank Lampard’s squad at Stamford Bridge and any recruitment and reinforcement will have to be conducted in the summer.

Two areas of need for Chelsea in the next transfer window are likely to be at centre-back and a bona fide out-and-out central goalscorer, with Timo Werner now used primarily on the left and Olivier Giroud out of contract.

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already revealed that Chelsea are one of three clubs interested in signing Upamecano this summer along with the Bundesliga champions and Liverpool, with the French centre-back possessing a £38m release clause and a player well-known to Tuchel.

While Haaland is said to be favoured internally at Chelsea having enjoyed a stellar rise in the game during his 18 months at Dortmund, but the Norway international would be a considerably tougher and more expensive transfer to execute.

That being said, reports in Germany over the last 24 hours have claimed that Dortmund are drawing up a summer transfer contingency plan should they miss out on Champions League qualification which includes the potential sale of star asset Haaland.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Barnsley, Tuchel was not willing to discuss specifics, while noting that the opening of the window is still some time away as he still gets accustomed to the players he has in west London.

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“I can understand your interest in the question and the interest of every fan and supporter to talk about these subjects,” Tuchel told a press conference.

“I am always a fan and am interested in what’s going…

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