New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has not even spent up to three days in charge of the Blues but is already drawing up a list of transfer targets for the summer. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager was in charge of his first training session as a Chelsea boss on Tuesday following his announcement as the Blues’ new manager after Frank Lampard was shown the exit door.
Chelsea were previously linked with a move for towering defender Dayot Upamecano last summer but ended up signing free agent Thiago Silva after the Brazilian became available on a free transfer. According to reports, Chelsea were held aback by the fee German Bundesliga outfit Leipzig were demanding as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic deemed the figure too expensive.The quoted amount Leipzig want for Upamecano is said to be around sixty-five and seventy million pounds and the price was set in a bid to ward off suitors with the club not willing to let go of one of their most prized assets. News media outlet Bild in Germany has published a new report that the Stamford Bridge club want to return for the defender this summer who has continued to be a key figure in the Leipzig first team.
Chelsea currently have the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Kourt Zouma, and Andreas Christensen as the club’s first-team defenders but want to improve that department by bringing in the strong defender to compete for places at the heart of the Blues defense.
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Manchester City are among a host of clubs interested in the French defender and his stay at his current club may eventually be cut short if teams continue to circle around him starting from this summer. Leipzig may likely be forced to sell him if they receive a huge offer hard to turn down.