Euro Paper Talk: Tuchel plans new £72m Chelsea defence with five tipped to go

Date published: Tuesday 26th January 2021 12:25 - James Marshment

Thomas Tuchel Chelsea - graphic via PA Sport

Thomas Tuchel is already making transfer plans at Chelsea, with five stars set to leave and a new big-money defender his top target, Manchester United want a Brazilian forward and Tottenham are in talks over the free signing of an attacker, according to Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk.


Incoming new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel plans to form a new central defensive partnership at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

The German boss is widely reported to be next in line at the Bridge following the decision to axe Frank Lampard on Monday.

And Tuchel has wasted little time in planning for the future and getting the Blues upwardly mobile.

Top of his list of targets is RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. The towering French defender can leave the Bundesliga side for £42m this summer due to a clause in his contract.

Upamecano is wanted by the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United.

As per SportBild, Tuchel’s appointment at Stamford Bridge gives Chelsea a very real chance of landing the defender.

They claim Tuchel had Upamecano on his list of targets while at PSG. Furthermore, Chelsea now have ‘very good cards’ in the poker battle for Upamecano’s signature.

Tuchel also speaks fluent French, which should help Upamecano’s potential integration at Stamford Bridge.

Pairing up with Upamecano in defence will be Antonio Rudiger. He’s been named as one of five stars who could benefit from Tuchel’s appointment.

The German found himself way down Lampard’s pecking order and he was close to leaving in the summer.

However, the £30m signing from Roma in 2017 has already been assured of his Chelsea future by Tuchel. As per Sky Germany, Tuchel and Rudiger “have had contact over and over again in recent months” even before it was clear they would work together at Chelsea.

Christensen and Thiago Silva to leave

A Rudiger-Upamecano axis would leave question marks over Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva. Both could move on this summer. It is anticipated though that Kurt Zouma will be kept on.

Reports in Spain, meanwhile, claim Tuchel’s first piece of business will be to grant the loan exit of Billy Gilmour. Todofijaches report there are no shortage of admirers for the Scottish midfielder.

They claim Tuchel is a huge fan of Jorginho and is set to make him the heartbeat of the Blues midfield.

That could leave question marks hanging over N’Golo Kante.

As such, Don Balon reckon his sale will be sanctioned by Tuchel this summer if the price is right. LOng-term suitors Real Madrid are, predictably, waiting in the wings.

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Tottenham have approached Angel Di Maria’s representatives over a free transfer summer switch. (L’Equipe)

Official clubs accounts from Barcelona show they still owe Liverpool €29m in the short-term for Philippe Coutinho and €40m in the long-run. (Mundo Deportivo)

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has put Rafael Benitez on standby and has given coach Gennaro Gattuso 10 days to turn things around. (Corriere dello Sport)

Arsenal face competition from Crystal Palace and Napoli for Marseille defender Jordan Amavi. (L’Equipe)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is likely to return to Lyon this summer, according to the striker’s former agent. (AS)


Serie A sides Udinese and Parma are in talks with Wolves to sign Italy international Patrick Cutrone, 23, on loan. (Corriere dello Sport)

Juventus have offered €22m for Sassuolo forward Gianluca Scamacca and hope to close the deal in two days. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Serie B side Monza are hoping to take Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri on loan this month. (Padova Sport)

Lazio are reportedly on the verge of signing Milan defender Mateo Musacchio for just €1m. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Sevilla are “very, very close” to signing Atalanta’s playmaker Papu Gomez this week. (Marca)


Gabriel Veron

Manchester United continue to work on the signing of 18-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Veron from Palmeiras. (Sport)

West Ham have made an approach to sign former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko from Roma. (Calciomercato)

Club Brugge are chasing a loan deal for Aston Villa’s Jaden Philogene-Bidace. (Het Laatste Nieuws)

PSG are likely to offer Julian Draxler in exchange for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. (L’Equipe)


Diego Simeone is keeping calm over Atletico’s push for LaLiga glory, despite extending their lead at the top to seven points. (AS)

Manchester United could find that a cut-price transfer for Jadon Sancho may well fall into their lap this summer. (various)

Kevin Malcuit is likely to join Fiorentina on a loan deal from Napoli until the end of the season. (Sky Italia)

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is targeting summer deals for Bayen Munich duo Corentin Tolisso and Joshua Zirkzee. (Calciomercato)

West Ham look likely to hold off an attempt from Leeds to snare teenage left-back Matthew Bondswell. (various)


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