Chelsea are reportedly preparing a move for Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule this summer, reports in Germany say.
Director Marina Granovskaia is set to turn to Thomas Tuchel’s home country in the search for a new centre-half, as the west Londoners eye a marquee signing at the back.
Veteran Thiago Silva has made an impressive start to life in the British capital since arriving on a free transfer from the Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Meanwhile, the French star Kurt Zouma has lost his place in the Blues side alongside the Brazil international with Antonio Rudiger back in from the cold.
Having let Fikayo Tomori sign for AC Milan, the club are in need of defensive reinforcements, with the English side set to spend big this summer.
Bayern Munich senior figure Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the Blues hold an interest in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.
Die Roten recently held a meeting with the player’s representative and were informed of Chelsea’s concrete interest.
The London outfit have also explored the idea of landing David Alaba, who is out of contract in Bavaria in June.
There have been initial discussions with the player’s entourage Pini Zahavi, who is a close friend of Chelsea chairman Roman Ibrahimovic.
Yet with the Austrian star expected to sign for Real Madrid on a pre-contract agreement, it appears Thomas Tuchel’s side are eyeing one of his team-mates.
According to a report from German publication Bild, they are now in the running to secure the services of Niklas Sule.
The 25-year-old star has endured a tough period in his professional career having fought back to full fitness from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Sule arrived at Bayern Munich from Die Roten’s league rivals Hoffenheim having become a regular in Joachim Low’s Germany side.