Chelsea dealt another major blow on centre-back front

Chelsea have been dealt a major blow on the centre-back front.

The Blues are in desperate need of some fresh legs at centre-back, now that Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have departed for Spain.

And a whole host of names have, in turn, been tipped for a Stamford Bridge switch, including Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Matthijs de and former Chelsea star, Nathan Ake.

So far though, the west Londoners have signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. De Ligt and Ake, though, will not be heading to the English capital this summer as the former has now signed for Bayern Munich and a deal for Ake collapsed.

Another centre-back target of Chelsea’s is Presnel Kimpembe of Ligue 1 giants, PSG.

Kimpembe, now 26, is a product of PSG’s youth system, having only ever lined out in the colours of the French champions.

All told, Kimpembe has featured on 226 occasions for PSG, playing key roles in their countless domestic trophies.

He is under contract at the Parc des Princes until 2024 but there was speculation he could be on his way to west London, with The Times claiming recently that Chelsea and Juventus are both interested in the stopper, with PSG asking for £60m to let go of him.

Now though, French outlet le10sport are reporting that Kimpembe has rejected Chelsea and has decided to stay at PSG.

The Blues contracted Kimpembe directly to discuss his situation and his desires for his future, but after these talks, he has decided to stay in Paris as he is a starter in PSG manager Christophe Galtier’s plans.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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