De Ligt, Ake & more: The latest on Chelsea’s centre-back hunt

An insight into Chelsea’s plans to reinforce their centre-back department this summer has been provided.

Chelsea would, of course, lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer, leaving them with very limited options at the back at present.

Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are both coming towards the ends of their careers whilst Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr lack the quality and experience needed to play at the top of the game week in, week out.

So who will Chelsea sign to replace Rudiger and Christensen? Well, Fabrizio Romano has provided an insight into this very subject on Monday:

“Todd Boehly will listen to Thomas Tuchel’s ideas this summer. The plan is to reinforce the team and this is being worked on,” Romano said.

"Matthijs de Ligt is a priority for the defence, but the Blues are waiting to see if Juventus will extend his contract or not; keep an eye also on Nathan Ake because he is highly rated by Tuchel. As for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, following the departure of Marina Granovskaia, there have been no new contacts yet, but he has always been on the Chelsea list: Sevilla want €65m fee.”

Elsewhere on the Chelsea front, Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele have been heavily linked, as has Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.

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