Chelsea ‘close’ to agreeing deal that could signal Tuchel favourite’s end

Date published: Monday 25th October 2021 1:30 - Steve Pearson

Chelsea quartet Trevoh Chalobah, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Reece James celebrate versus Norwich 2021

A breakout Chelsea star under Thomas Tuchel is nearing a bumper new deal, though the agreement could point towards a Blues favourite moving on, per a report.

The undoubted key element of Tuchel’s success at Chelsea has been their rock solid defence. The likes of Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta have been near-ever presents. But vital contributions have been made from all within Chelsea’s defensive corps.

Few would have predicted Trevoh Chalobah or Malang Sarr to make meaningful contributions this season. But Chalobah in particular has impressed, earning three successive league starts of late.

Football London report Chalobah was in line for another loan spell this season. However, his inspired performance in the UEFA Super Cup convinced Tuchel and co the academy graduate was ready for the first-team right here and now.

And with his stellar showings in mind, the outlet claim Chalobah is in line for a new contract.

His current deal expires in the summer of 2023 and Chelsea have been engaged in talks with the player’s representatives for ‘some time’. Thankfully for Blues fans, an ‘agreement over a new long-term contract is now close’.

Andreas Christensen is another who is expected to pen fresh terms. The Dane’s need is more immediate given his deal expires at the end of the current campaign.

However, one player who has made little progress over a new contract is Antonio Rudiger.

The German is arguably Chelsea’s most consistent centre-half and is a firm fan favourite at Stamford Bridge. But interest in the Germany international is widespread, with Bayern Munich, PSG and Real Madrid all lurking.

A recent report suggested English suitors are also in the frame. Tottenham and Manchester City were both claimed to be ‘in talks’ with Rudiger’s camp on Saturday.

While Chelsea are believed to be intent on retaining Rudiger’s services, extensions for the likes of Chalobah and Christensen would lessen the need to bow to Rudiger’s demands.

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Meanwhile, a new candidate has joined the hunt for a German hotshot linked with Liverpool and Chelsea. Though they think the race may have already been won, per a report.

Few young strikers in European football are rising quite as fast as RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi. The 19-year-old is already a full fledged Germany international after his exploits in Austria proved too difficult to ignore.

According to Austrian souyrce ORF, Salzburg will want somewhere between €30m and €40m for Adeyemi. However, they are open to his sale and will likely be able to generate the sum they desire given Adeyemi has a lengthy list of suitors.

Chelsea and Liverpool were linked, but according to Goal (citing Italian outlet Calciomercato), Serie A champions Inter Milan have entered the frame.

Adeyemi would be a superb addition to Simone Inzaghi’s set-up. But per the report, they believe Bayern Munich will win the race.

The Bavarian powerhouse are known for scooping up the best and brightest German talents around. According to the report, it is Bayern who are in the ‘stronger position’ ahead of all other suitors.

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