Chelsea reportedly want to sign Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defender Presnel Kimpembe. He was recruited by the Blues in anticipation of losing Antonio Rudiger whose contract expires in the summer of 2022.
Kimpembe is no stranger to Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. The two had worked together when Tuchel was in charge of PSG.
Tuchel will have to find a new defender as Rudiger is likely to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires. At least that’s what French media L’Equipe claims.
Kimpembe has been with PSG since he was 10 years old. He helped the wealthy French club win 15 trophies, including four Ligue 1 titles.
He was also part of the French national team when they won the 2018 World Cup, a total of 25 caps.
Chelsea reportedly had to spend 36 million pounds (Rp683 billion) to bring Kimpembe to Stamford Bridge. The player is still under contract at the Parc des Princes until 2025.
Tempted to move to the Premier League
Kimpembe is said to want to try his luck abroad. The Premier League is at the top of his wish list.
He is believed to be tempted by the chance to reunite with his old boss, Thomas Tuchel, in West London.
Kimpembe has made 20 PSG appearances this season, helping them to a 13-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. But he has reportedly been unhappy with PSG’s recent form, including losing the Ligue 1 title to Lille last term.
Chelsea’s big offer in January or next summer could really tempt him. He may not have thought long about joining compatriots N’Golo Kante and Malang Sarr in the Tuchel squad.