Thomas Tuchel could save Chelsea around £51.8million by simply looking within his current squad this summer.
According to reports, that figure is what the Blues have bid in order to match Paris Saint-Germain’s offer for Inter Milan wing-back Achraf Hakimi, though it has reportedly been rejected.
Hakimi impressed for Inter this season as they won Serie A under Antonio Conte having signed from Real Madrid on a deal worth £34.5m last year.
Chelsea do already have Reece James, who has been excellent at right wing-back, but Tuchel may be keen to improve the depth in that position given Cesar Azpilicueta has become part of the central three.
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Though, the Blues already have someone who can play right wing-back – and very well – in the form of out of favour Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 20-year-old played very well in that position during Tuchel’s early days with the Blues following his January appointment, but he has only been given four Premier League starts since the end of January with James making the position his own.
Nevertheless, if it is depth Chelsea are looking for, Hudson-Odoi can provide it, as well as proving a more than capable option in other positions, whether Tuchel finds himself short of a winger or an attacking midfielder.
Recent reports have suggested Hudson-Odoi could be moved on this summer amid more interest from Bayern Munich, but the Evening Standard have reported he is ‘determined’ to stay and fight for his place regardless of the club’s stance.
And that begs the question of why Chelsea want to spend as much as £51.8m when they already have Hudson-Odoi, a player Tuchel has already praised for his performances at wing-back.
He said back in February: “I didn’t know he hadn’t played wing-back before. Maybe it was a good thing I…