Tuchel may have a defensive recruitment in his sights
Chelsea have reportedly been given a boost in their attempts to make defensive reinforcements this summer. Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could be on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The 30-year-old has been one of Europe’s most sought after defenders over the years for his impressive performances in the Napoli defense. Kouliably has made 314 appearances for the Naples side since joining from Belgian side Genk in 2014.
Chelsea are in need of defensive reinforcements with Antonio Rudiger on his way to Real Madrid, as per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. Andreas Christensen is also heading out of Stamford Bridge with a move to Barcelona agreed, as per AS.
Both players’ contracts expire in the summer and will therefore make their respective moves as free agents.
The Senegalese defender could be an astute replacement for both Rudiger and Christensen, with Thomas Tuchel in desperate need of defensive signings.
Koulibaly is reportedly not pushing for a move but would be open to leaving should the opportunity arise.
Another name being touted for Tuchel is RB Leipzig defender Joško Gvardiol. The 20-year-old has had a fine season for the Bundesliga side and can play both as a centre-back and left-back.
Gvardiol has made 45 appearances this season in all competitions, scoring two goals and contributing three assists.
Goal reports that the Croatian is a top priority for Chelsea this summer as they look ahead to a vital summer of dealing with defensive departures.
Marcos Alonso eyes Chelsea exit amid Barcelona interest
The Spaniard reportedly wants to return to Spain
Barca reportedly have the left-back in their sights and Chelsea are open to selling but negotiations have not advanced at this juncture.
Alonso, however, looks likely to be yet another defensive departure from Stamford Bridge, with Tuchel needing to make a huge number of changes to his backline.
Alonso has filled in for the injured Ben Chillwell this season since November. He has made 42 appearances across all competitions, scoring four goals and contributing five assists.
One defender that will remain at the club, however, is club-captain Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spaniard signed a new one-year extension last month despite reported interest from Barca.