After spending more than £ 220million in last summer’s transfer window, Chelsea have always been very unlikely to be able to hire new employees during the recently closed January window.
Despite the recent stuttering league form and the decision to sack Frank Lampard and replace him with Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea stayed true to their word with only a handful of issues making headlines for the January transfer window.
Although the Blues, who will try to maintain their unbeaten start under Tuchel when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night, have been closely linked to greats like Borussia Dortmund’s West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and Erling Haaland for a large part of the window, Chelsea would never start movements of this magnitude mid-season.
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Instead, Chelsea have already started tossing their plans into the summer window and Tuchel is keen to try and put his own stamp on the squad he inherited from Lampard, as most managers would like.
Although the German, who was unemployed just a few weeks before arriving at Stamford Bridge, has only been on duty for a little over a week, he has already set several key goals, including Haaland.
Others are reportedly defensive trio David Alaba, who are out of contract with Bayern Munich at the end of this season, Bayern center-back Niklas Sule and Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig. With this in mind, it is clear that Tuchel wants to strengthen the defense of the blues, although Thiago Silva, who is now 36 years old, does not yet have to sign a new contract with Stamford Bridge.
While Alaba would be a free transfer if Chelsea convinced him to move to West London, Upamecano would be the future of the club’s defensive line, with the 22-year-old making it to the top over the next few years, Sule could be the perfect pick for being the here and now.
According to reports from the German underground, the Blues have already started talks with Bayern about the signing of the 25-year-old in the summer. The German international is no longer under contract as of the end of the 2021/22 season, which means Bayern are open to the idea of selling him this summer instead of taking the risk of getting him for free after entering the last six months lose his contract, he should not agree on new terms.
The defender, who has played only twelve Bundesliga appearances this season, is reported to be being sold for a fee of around £ 26.4million.
Should Chelsea manage to land the former Hoffenheimer, he would arrive at Stamford Bridge, having already caught the attention of Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.
Before the Dutch qualifier for Euro 2020 with Germany in 2019, van Dijk selected Sule for special praise.
The Dutchman, as quoted by Bundesliga.com, said: “Niklas Sule is a great defender. He’s not playing for Bayern without reason.
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“I’ve had a couple of nice fights with him.”
The fact that Sule received so much praise from such a respected defender as Van Dijk speaks volumes about the talents of the German ace.
He is a commanding, leading figure in the center-back and has no shortage of personal and collective accolades associated with his name. Among other things, he has won the UEFA Champions League three times, the Bundesliga title and three German Super Cups.
In addition, Sule has had the experience of playing with some of the best talent in the world and playing in Germany throughout his career, which means he will be no stranger to Tuchel and his staff.