CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel is “pushing” for his side to make a bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe, according to reports.
The German managed Kimpembe in Paris for two-and-a-half years prior to his December 2020 dismissal.
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 take action and make a bid for Kimpembe.
The 26-year-old has two years remaining on his contract at PSG and new sporting director Luis Campos believes that his side could cash in.
Campos could try and replace Kimpembe with Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, who will cost around £51million.
It’s claimed that this is the minimum fee PSG would therefore demand for Kimpembe, if not more.
Tuchel reportedly wants his side to be the first club to test the waters and make a bid, as he remains a big fan of the French centre-back.
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 £45million.
The England winger, 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.
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.