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Chelsea in Serie A battle for versatile Bundesliga star once on Bielsa’s Leeds watch list

Borna Sosa, Paul Seguin SpVgg Greuther v Stuttgart January 2022

Chelsea are in the hunt alongside Inter for Stuttgart defender Borna Sosa as they look to add to their left-back ranks, according to a report.

The Blues have strength in depth in all areas, but that has been tested this season. Despite having a wealth of options, boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted amid his side’s poor form that his players need some days off.

And left-back or left wing-back is one area in which Chelsea have been particularly stretched of late.

Ben Chilwell suffered a serious knee injury and will spend a while longer on the sidelines. As such, the Blues have tried to add back-up in that area throughout the transfer window.

Lucas Digne was an original transfer consideration until the former Everton left-back signed for Aston Villa. And after Chelsea failed to bring Emerson Palmieri back from a loan spell at Lyon, they instead recalled Kenedy from Flamengo.

According to Sky Germany (via Sport Witness), though, Chelsea are now going after Stuttgart star Sosa.

The 24-year-old moved to the Bundesliga from Dinamo Zagreb in his native Croatia in the summer of 2018.

Since then, he has racked up 70 appearances for the German club. After a tough first two seasons with the club due to injury, he has impressed and played a key role in the team.

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In fact, he notched 10 assists in 26 Bundesliga games last season. As a result, he was reportedly a target for Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United before they signed Junior Firpo.

Sosa has had his most consistent campaign this term so far, missing only four league games to date.


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But if Chelsea are to sign him, Sky Germany adds that they will have to fight off competition from Inter.

The Serie A club are also looking for a new versatile left-back. They believe Sosa, who has played at left-back and on the left and right of midfield this season, could be a top signing.

Sosa not only Chelsea left-back target

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However, Sosa is not the only versatile left-sided star Chelsea are going after.

Various reports have claimed that the Blues have agreed a deal for Derby youngster Dylan Williams.

The 18-year-old operates primarily as a left-back, but is equally adept at playing further forward in left midfield. That could make him an ideal candidate to play at wing-back.

For now, though, Williams will slot into the Under-23s team and develop his game.