Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel ‘pushing’ for Blues to make move for £51m PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe

CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly “pushing” for his side to make a bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe.

The German managed Kimpembe at PSG for two-and-a-half years prior to his December 2020 dismissal.

Presnel Kimpembe challenges potential future Chelsea team-mate Raheem SterlingGetty

He is now claimed to be keen on a reunion in West London as he plots to reshape his defence.

According to L’Equipe, Tuchel is “pushing” for Chelsea to bid for Kimpembe.

The 26-year-old has two years left on his PSG contract and new sporting director Luis Campos believes that his side could cash in.

Campos could try to replace Kimpembe with Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, who will cost around £51million.

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It’s claimed that this is the minimum fee PSG would demand for Kimpembe.

Tuchel reportedly wants his side to be the first club to test the waters and make a bid.

Earlier this summer, Kimpembe admitted that he would discuss his future with PSG’s new hierarchy including Campos and boss Christophe Galtier.

Talks are claimed to have not gone well, with Kimpembe now potentially attainable in the market.

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Chelsea have their eye on a number of defensive targets.

Juventus ace Matthijs de Ligt is on their radar, while Kalidou Koulibaly is also of interest.

Last summer’s top target Jules Kounde remains a player to watch in the market.

Further up the pitch, the Blues are set to sign Raheem Sterling from Manchester City for £45m.

The England forward, 27, could arrive in time to join Chelsea on their pre-season tour, with the squad set to jet out to Los Angeles on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, the Blues have been linked with a move to hijack Manchester United’s bid for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Reports in Spain suggest that they could try and reunite the Dutchman with former Ajax team-mate De Ligt.

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