Chelsea are playing well under the newly appointed Thomas Tuchel after coming as a replacement to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge. If Thomas Tuchel’s management goes well with the club then he might end up making a way to his first-ever transfer window with Chelsea. The club we having their eye set on Dayot Upamecano transfer since summer.
However, Marina Granovskaia and Thomas Tuchel would need to turn their attention towards another direction. As Bayern Munich announced the signing of the most coveted Center back at the end of this season. Thus the dream to land Upamecano has already broken into pieces and Premier League giants must look for other viable offers on the table.
Done and Dusted
Though Chelsea were always favorite to land Dayot Upamecano ahead of the summer transfer window. But it appears that the Bundesliga giants have been the front runners. Bayern Munich announced the signing of the 22-year-old France international from RB Leipzig today. While Upamecano will officially join the German club on July 1.
Bayern Munich have activated his €42.5m release clause that RB Leipzig has set in order for clubs vying for his signature. The French international has agreed to a five-year contract with Bayern Munich that will end in 2026. That means the most discussed yet brief Upamecano transfer saga has come to an end.
Bayern chief Hasan Salihamidzic also insisted that the club had good, intensive, and professional discussions with Dayot and his agent Volker Struth for several months. Though the competition was very tough. But Bayern was clear about the concept and its vision. The club presented the plans regarding his career. In the past week at Doha, the chief spoke to the French center back again. After having a long conversation with the chief of the family, the management, and Upamecano himself felt that Bayern are the right destination for him.
Now that Chelsea’s long Upamecano pursuit has put an end to it and Chelsea are looking for a new center back for the summer. Here are few shortlisted center backs that the Blues can target for the upcoming transfer window.
Ibrahima Konate to Chelsea?
According to BILD, the Blues are set to target the French center-back for the summer. Chelsea might divulge the attention towards his fellow teammate and his countryman. Ibrahima Konate is just 21 but he is regarded as one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe.
A number of English clubs are already touting his services including Manchester United, Liverpool along Tottenham Hotspur. Due to a severe ankle injury, he couldn’t play as many as eight games for RB Leipzig. But has made 13 appearances for Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
But the French international is back in action after recovering from the injury. Back in January RB Leipzig asked for £80million and if Chelsea will make a move for Erling Haaland as per rumors then he is surely not an option to go with.
Sevilla centre-back is a real deal at the amount the club has set for him. Jules Kounde is a lot cheaper option for Chelsea if Konate would make the Blues bankrupt. Another French centre-back who will surely benefit Chelsea as he has played a key part in contributing towards the impressive season.
Sevilla sit fourth in the La Liga table and the club is only four points behind Real Madrid with a game in hand. Kounde is a magnetic machine, energetic, industrious with dominating defensive abilities. He has the power to control the game from the back.
Pau Torres to Chelsea?
Another La Liga defender who has all the abilities to serve Chelsea be very well on the basis of his defensive abilities. Torres possesses superb reading abilities that could compliment Chelsea’s center-back Thiago Silva. The Villarreal star is an intelligent, left-footed center-back who is very much a ball-playing defender. He linked with a move to Real Madrid and only has a release clause of over £47million