'Talks are progressing': Romano has bad news for Chelsea after they make approach to sign 27-year-old

Fabrizio Romano has claimed Chelsea’s approach for Serge Gnabry may be in vain, with the winger in talks with renewing his deal at Bayern Munich.

The Blues had reportedly highlighted the German international as a potential option for the right-wing, after being rejected by Raphinha despite agreeing a fee with Leeds United.

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The 25-year-old’s preference to play for Barcelona allowed the Catalan side the opportunity to complete the deal when they could muster up the required funds.

However, the club could have found an upgrade on the Brazilian, with Gnabry’s regular goalscoring being a great potential asset for the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel in particular has been said to be keen on a move for the winger, who turned 27 today.

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Gnabry may reject Chelsea approach

Although, Romano has claimed though that despite any interest from Chelsea, they may not be able to complete the deal because his current club are keen in keeping him.

He tweeted: “Despite Chelsea approach this week, Serge Gnabry is still giving priority to Bayern’s new contract proposal. He’s attracted by the last contract bid and talks are progressing. 

“Chelsea are really interested but now Gnabry is discussing with FC Bayern board.”

While the signing of Gnabry would complement recent arrival Raheem Sterling well, the clear priority at Stamford Bridge is to strengthen the defence, with the position currently severely lacking in depth.

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The club are close to announcing the signing of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, with his experience seemingly a fantastic trait for young defenders at the club to learn from, particularly during the pre-season tour of America.

Furthermore, the club have been strongly linked with completing a deal for Manchester City’s Nathan Ake, bringing him back to the club he left in 2017.

With his versatility to play on the left of defence, the Dutchman seems the perfect addition to the squad in the desired left-centre-back role in Tuchel’s system.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released