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Chelsea join Newcastle, Leicester in race to land Ibrahim Sangare after star’s ‘dream’ admission

PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare

Chelsea are now part of the race to sign Ibrahim Sangare, along with Newcastle and Leicester, after reportedly beginning to track the central midfielder.

Sangare has enjoyed a good campaign with PSV in the Eredivisie and in Europe. The club pushed Ajax for the Dutch league title but ultimately lost out to Erik ten Hag’s side.

Sangare and co also reached the Europa Conference League quarter-final after beating Copenhagen in the previous round. However, they lost to Leicester in the last eight.

Sangare’s solid performances in the middle of the pitch are drawing attention from Premier League teams.

Newcastle were plotting a bid for the Ivory Coast international in January, only to pursue other targets in other positions.

In April, Sangare appeared on Leicester’s radar. The Foxes were then told, by a Dutch football analyst admittedly, that he is ‘better on one leg’ than their current midfield options.

According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are now in the mix to snare the 24-year-old – who has won 17 caps on the international stage – after beginning to track his situation.

The Blues view Sangare as a far cheaper alternative to West Ham’s Declan Rice, who will cost at least £150million.

Ibrahim Sangare cost emerges

The report claims Sangare will cost £30m, leaving Chelsea with enough funds to improve other positions as well.

Thomas Tuchel, along with senior Blues officials, is hoping the capture will help Chelsea get back into title contention next season.

Chelsea, Newcastle and Leicester will all be confident about convincing Sangare on moving to England.

During a recent interview with Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, the star revealed his ‘dream’ is to play in the Premier League one day.

“I am a PSV player, and I am concentrating on the three games we have left this season,” Sangare said.

“I don’t have my head in other things. After that, I’ll go on holiday, and I’ll have time to talk about possible next projects. But until then I don’t want to worry about that.

“Playing in the Premier League is not only a dream of mine but a dream of every footballer. That is the biggest and most important league in the world.”

Sangare would certainly be a decent signing for Newcastle or Leicester. But he may struggle to get into Tuchel’s starting eleven due to the likes of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.

Elsewhere, Chelsea have found out how Saul Niguez feels about joining the club on a permanent basis, following an interview from his brother.