Reports stemming from France have credited Chelsea with an interest in Maxence Lacroix.
Who is Maxence Lacroix?
Lacroix is currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga with Vfl Wolfsburg.
The German outfit signed Lacroix in August of 2020 from French side FC Sochaux, for a fee believed to be around £4.5m.
And the 21-year-old central defender has since, despite his fairly limited experience, gone on to cement himself as a regular feature in Wolfsburg’s backline.
All told, Lacroix notched 36 appearances last season, including 30 in the German top-flight, as Wolfsburg managed to secure an impressive 4th place finish, and Champions League football for next season.
And their impressive backline, featuring Lacroix, played a key role in that finish, with Wolfsburg having conceded just 37 goals in 38 league outings – the second lowest tally in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea linked with Lacroix
Now, the young defender has begun to attract interest from some top clubs.
As per the Mirror, citing French outlet FootMercato, Lacroix has been watched by several clubs from across Europe, with Chelsea among those interested.
It is added that the Blues could face stiff competition from RB Leipzig, who are believed to have already tabled a bid worth €18m for the youngster.
That fee will seemingly not be enough to coax Wolfsburg into a sale, though, with the Germans demanding €30m.
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If Chelsea do end up signing Lacroix for around €30m, though, could it be viewed as something of a waste of money? This marks more or less the same fee which was secured in Fikayo Tomori’s sale to AC Milan.
If the Londoners are eyeing the addition of a young and talented central defender with limited experience, why did they not just keep hold of Tomori?
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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