Chelsea handed £69m transfer boost for defender ‘like John Terry’

Chelsea have been linked with a move for a number of defenders in the past few transfer windows.

David Alaba has been most heavily linked, but it looks as thought the Austrian will make the move to the Bernabeu and sign for Real Madrid on a free transfer from Bayern Munich this summer.

There remain question marks over Thiago Silva’s long-term future, with head coach Thomas Tuchel admitting they had not broached the subject of extending the 36-year-old’s deal past the end of this season yet.

When asked about his situation during his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup clash with Sheffield United on Sunday, Tuchel said: “On his contract, it is too early. It’s not the right surrounding to speak about it. It’s between him and the club and between the club and I, we will speak about it together. If you look at the pictures, you see how young he looks.”

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It is, however, highly likely that the club will offer the Brazilian a new deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge for another season.

Andreas Christensen has performed impressively in stepping in in Silva’s injury absence, while Antonio Rudiger has got a new lease of life under countryman Tuchel too.

Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta remain mainstays of the Blues’ backline and it could be that Tuchel does not enter the transfer market for another defender, given the wealth of talent at his disposal there now.

However, if he does, one player who has been a target of Chelsea in the past could be up for sale.

According to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport, as per Football-Italia, Napoli are ready to sell Kalidou Koulibaly. The Naples outfit are keen to cash in to boost the financial situation at the club, having kept hold of the 29-year-old in the past few transfer windows, despite huge interest in him.

Koulibaly was up for sale for around £69million, but that figure could drop in…


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