Chelsea Receive Boost in Pursuit of Top French Defender After Rudiger Exit

Chelsea Receive Boost in Pursuit of Top French Defender After Rudiger Exit

  • Chelsea are set to move in for talented French wingback Jonathan Clauss
  • Clauss is poised to leave French side Lens, after the club signed another right back
  • Tuchel is on a mission to bolster his defense after the exit of Antonio Rudiger, and the uncertain future of Ceasar Azpilicueta

Chelsea have received a major boost in the pursuit of their first summer signing of the Tod Boelhy era.

The Blues are looking to bolster their defence after the exit of Antonio Rudiger, who has since joined Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Reports from The Sun indicate Thomas Tuchel’s side have been monitoring Lens ace Jonathan Clauss, and are now poised to sign him after the French side signed another right back.

Clauss is likely to be an important addition for Chelsea, especially with the tendency of Reece James and Ben Chilwell to suffer long-term injury setbacks.

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Jonathan Clauss (RC Lens) of France during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 1 match between France and Croatia. Photo by Jose Breton.
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The duo, despite being key members of the first team, missed large chunks of the 2021/22 campaign due to varying injuries.

Tuchel is determined to avoid such a scenario next season, and it is believed that the signing of Clauss would solve that problem.

The right-back, despite pre-dominantly playing in defense, also has a knack of scoring goals as he notched five for Lens last season, and also provided a further eleven assists.

Chelsea should have little problems capturing the Frenchman, who has in the past expressed interest in joining the Stamford Bridge landlords.

Furthermore, his contract at Lens expires next summer, and the French club would prefer to cash in on him now than to let him walk for free in a year’s time.

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Lens currently value him at £10million, but he also has a release clause of £8.5m.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is also a huge fan of the wingback, because of his versatility in defense and attack.

Neymar offered to Juventus

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported of how Paris Saint-Germain are ready to let go of Brazilian forward, Neymar and are looking for the best suitors for the 30-year-old.

Neymar joined the Parisians for a world record fee of £196 million in 2017 but has struggled with injuries and lack of form since his move from Barcelona.

The PSG hierarchy are now fed up with the 30-year-old Brazilian and has offered him to top Italian Serie A club Juventus this summer.