Thomas Tuchel wants to sign 18-year-old Ligue 1 midfielder

By | March 6, 2021

The German manager is fancying a raid on his former club PSG in the pursuit of Kays Ruiz-Atil. The promising midfielder is touted as one of the most talented footballers in the PSG academy that has produced a host of quality footballers in recent years.

Although Kays is a long way off from being a first-team regular at PSG, the teenager had notably made seven league appearances under Tuchel this campaign. Since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, however, the ex-Barcelona academy footballer has been on the fringes, with a switch to Chelsea seemingly a possibility.

Ruiz-Atil’s move to Chelsea could be a logical one. Kays shares a good relationship with Tuchel, who isn’t afraid to provide opportunities to teenagers at the highest level of football. It was particularly evident during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

At Chelsea, the 18-year-old midfielder could compete with another young midfield prodigy in Billy Gilmour for a more prominent place in the first-team.

It remains unclear how Thomas Tuchel plans to utilise the talent of the young Scot, but he could certainly use the services of Kays, whose ability to carry the ball around half-spaces should tune in perfectly with the German’s tactical philosophy.

In addition to his quality on the ball, the Frenchman can offer more mobility in midfield while his tendency to work in more central areas of the pitch also appeals to Tuchel. It all adds up to an interesting target for Blues this summer and that too for a free transfer possibly making Kays an absolute bargain as we towards the second half of the season.