Paper Talk: Chelsea plot bargain deal as third Germany star is lined up

Date published: Saturday 31st October 2020 8:25 - James Marshment

Matthias Ginter, Joshua Kimmich

Chelsea have a new name at the top of their defensive wish-list with a January bid being prepped, while Man City have edged Man Utd to sign a Partizan Belgrade attacker, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.



Chelsea are reportedly readying an approach for Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter in January.

Despite a summer that saw the Blues spend some £220m, Frank Lampard’s squad rebuild is far from complete.

The Blues boss vastly improved his midfield and attack this summer, but strengthening his defence remains a priority.

The addition of keeper Edouard Mendy has vastly solidified the Blues. However, Lampard still wants a top-class centre-half brought in. Indeed, he feels that is an area of weakness for Chelsea.

While Thiago Silva was brought in on an initial one-year deal, Lampard also set his sights on a deal for Declan Rice.

The England star can play defence or midfield – but Lampard sees him more as a centre-half. However, West Ham’s refusal to lower their £70m asking price has divided the Chelsea board.

While Lampard feels he’d be worth it, there are some behind the scenes who feel he’s over-priced.

Instead, Germany paper Kicker, claims the Blues will move instead for Ginter.



Chelsea were linked with Ginter in the summer, before focusing instead on Rice.

However, Kicker claims his huge performance for Gladbach against Real Madrid in the Champions League has pushed him to the top of Chelsea’s agenda.

With Ginter’s contract due to expire in 2022, Gladbach will be vulnerable to his sale if he does not renew.

It’s thought he could be lured away for a fee of around £35m, which for obvious reasons, represents better value than Rice.

Gladbach will likely resist any Chelsea approach in January, but it’s felt a move either then or next summer could bear fruit for Lampard.

Ginter would be the third German to arrive at Chelsea in recent times following the captures of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.


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