Chelsea keen to sign £85m Premier League defender and Inter Milan star

Chelsea are keen to sign Wesley Fofana and Denzel Dumfries this summer. The Blues are keen to strengthen their defense before the summer transfer window closes.

According to a report from The Athletic, Chelsea have made Fofana and Dumfries their priority for the remainder of the transfer window. Journalist David Ornstein claims manager Thomas Tuchel wants both players signed.

Leicester City are in no rush to sell Fofana and consider him a key member of their squad. The Frenchman has a contract until 2027, and the Foxes are expected to demand at least £80million for him.

Inter are open to selling Dumfries as they need funds to balance their books. The Blues are also monitoring Milan Skriniar. The west London club loaned Romelu Lukaku to San Siro earlier this summer.

Thomas Tuchel does not want to let Cesar Azpilicueta leave Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has claimed Barcelona don’t see Cesar Azpilicueta as a key addition to their squad and has urged the Spaniard to stay. Tuchel believes the Catalan side just want him as a replacement, while the Blues captain could continue to play a key role at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona and Chelsea are in direct contact with a new round of talks now scheduled to discuss César Azpilicueta. Barça wants to speed up the negotiation. 🚨🔵🔴 #FCBAzpi, awaiting the club’s agreement because Barça’s contract proposal has been in his hands since March: agreement until 2024.

Speaking to the media, Tuchel was quoted by Metro as saying:

“Maybe a little. It’s a difficult question because I don’t know if I want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point, it’s about what we want. I just did the comparison on how much we fought for [Kalidou] Koulibaly, who is a national team player and around the same age. He is a hugely important player for Napoli, but we have a Spanish international who captains Chelsea. I may see him on the same level but Barcelona don’t see him on this level.”

The German manager added:

“So I don’t know if I want to give him what he wants because he’s a great player. We don’t think so much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need. I told him that and I tell you that I understand on a personal and professional level. But I’m not just in this role to give him what he wants. I’m a Chelsea manager who wants to do what he wants. the best for Chelsea. He doesn’t like it but he understands. It’s hard for him because the other club is always on to him.”

The Blues start their Premier League campaign against Everton this weekend.

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