Tuchel Draws ‘Two-Man Defence Wishlist’ As Possible Antonio Rudiger Replacement Who’s Nearing a Move To Real Madrid.
CHELSEA face a difficult task in finding a replacement this summer, with Antonio Rudiger reportedly close to joining Real Madrid.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is said to have put Jules Kounde and Wesley Fofana at the top of his summer transfer wish list.
The Blues boss is certain to recruit at least one new defender.
Fans’ fears were confirmed on Sunday when Tuchel admitted that Rudiger will make way this summer.
The boss claimed that the club ‘fought hard’ and ‘tried everything’ to keep him at Stamford Bridge, but sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich effectively backed them into a corner with the summer transfer window fast approaching.
Rudiger now appears to be closing on a free transfer to Real Madrid, with a four-year contract believed to be on the table.
While Tuchel admitted that finding replacements would be challenging, he pledged to get straight to work on finding a ‘solution’.
Tuchel Draws ‘Two-Man Defence Wishlist’
The Evening Standard claims that Kounde and Fofana are front and centre of the German’s thinking with regard to bolstering the Blues’ defence.
Chelsea have been down this path before, and Kounde is rumored to be the leading choice.
This summer, though, the Sevilla centre-contract back’s will expire after two years, allowing the Spanish club to relax their guard and get down at the negotiation table.
Fofana, on the other hand, is a tremendous possibility at the age of 21.
The fact that he only signed a new five-year contract last month may make the move more difficult to pull off, but Tuchel is said to have the Frenchman on his ‘radar’ in case Leicester City is willing to compromise.
Both options have similar attributes to Rudiger, in that they are both athletic and comfortable on the ball, even if they are not quite as refined as the 29-year-old.
Chelsea’s defensive exodus does not start and finish with Rudiger, as Andreas Christensen has supposedly agreed to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.
The prospective exit would leave Tuchel and co without two talented defenders who have been in and around the first team all season.