Chelsea are eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe, according to reports.
It comes as Thomas Tuchel looks to replace the outgoing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer.
While the club are still under restrictions due to sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich, they cannot offer any new deals to players.
This has already led to the confirmation of Rudiger leaving, as said by Tuchel himself: “The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this in a private talk. We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the actions. Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision.”
The Germany international has since been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, while Christensen could line up against him next season amid suggestions he is moving to Barcelona.
The two exits have been looming large over Tuchel since last summer, where the club were reportedly eyeing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
According to GOAL, that shortlist includes PSG defender Kimpembe.
The 26-year-old has been a key figure at the back for both club and country, winning 22 trophies including the World Cup.
Should the France international join the club, it would also see him reunite with Thiago Silva, who spent eight years in the French capital himself.
Kimpembe has two-years remaining on his current deal at the club, meaning a deal may be more plausible.
A few factors are still required for the club before they can sign players, but he could be a vital addition for a key rebuild this summer if he does move to Stamford Bridge.