Chelsea identify Bundesliga star as man to take defence to next level

Date published: Wednesday 29th July 2020 1:59

Matthias Ginter

Chelsea have identified Matthias Ginter as the man to solve their defensive dilemma, according to reports.

The Blues have already spent big on attacking reinforcements this summer. Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have arrived to transform the Chelsea frontline.

However, if they are to convert the current sense of anticipation into a genuine title challenge, they may need to invest in their defence as well. And according to Kicker, they have cast their gaze towards a Bundesliga centre-back.

The player in question is Matthias Ginter, who has been one of the Bundesliga’s best defenders in 2019-20. But with his contract expiring next summer, Borussia Monchengladbach face a tough decision over one of their key players.

Gladbach do have the option to extend his deal by a further year, but are aware that selling him this year may maximise their profit. Hence, several of Europe’s top clubs have informed them of their interest.

Inter Milan are keen to tempt club and player by offering big money to both parties to get a deal done. However, Chelsea are ready to rival them for his signature.

According to Kicker, Chelsea possess a “concrete interest” in Ginter, who has 29 caps for Germany. Despite this, they are yet to make an official offer.

Atletico Madrid are another rival for Ginter. Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl insisted recently, however, that they would not be letting any of their top talent leave.

Hence, Chelsea will have to pull together a compelling offer if they want to tempt the Bundesliga outfit into selling.


Ginter has previous with Premier League links

While Chelsea are the only Premier League club mentioned by Kicker, Ginter has been linked with a move to England before.

Last March, reports suggested Liverpool had outlined him as a target. Amid concerns that Dejan Lovren may leave – which ultimately came true, but long after those initial reports – the Reds were said to be prepared to splash out €50m on Ginter.

Arsenal and Tottenham also scouted Ginter, without firming up their interest.


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