Chelsea consider two of their midfielders “untouchable” in the transfer market but might still strengthen their midfield this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano (via CBS Sports).
Having already secured their second Champions League title on Saturday, Chelsea have now begun planning for the next season.
Romano claims that the club Roman Abramovich owner has recognised Thomas Tuchel’s extraordinary impact and is prepared to provide the financial support in the summer transfer window.
Interestingly, however, the journalist claims that Chelsea’s priority at the moment is to offload many fringe players and some returning on-loan players, such as Tiemoue Bakayoko and Emerson Palmieri.
But Chelsea consider midfield duo; N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount “untouchable”, Romano added.
Earlier, Romano also reported that Chelsea have already turned down proposals to sell or send Mount on loan last summer as they see him as one of the top midfielders in world football.
The 22-year-old has played more minutes than any other Chelsea player this season and featured in 36 (32 starts) out of their 38 Premier League games.
A Chelsea academy graduate and one of the first names on the team sheet, it is obvious why he will not be leaving Stamford Bridge anytime soon.
Kante, on the other hand, has been Chelsea’s most reliable big-game player as he showcased in the Champions League final.
It would not be a surprise if at least a few top teams have him on their summer shortlist.
As it stands, Kante will soon enter the final two years of his contract and Romano mentioned that Chelsea are looking to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
While the future of Jorginho, whose contract also expires in 2023, is reportedly still to be decided.
Romano also added that Chelsea may bring in another midfielder this summer, but it depends on the availability of West Ham ace Declan Rice.
And Chelsea will face competition from several clubs in their pursuit for the England international.
Another report from The Guardian claims Chelsea are also monitoring several other alternative midfield targets; Benfica’s Julian Weigl, Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga, and Monaco’s Aurélien Tchouameni.
Weigl previously played under Tuchel at Dortmund while Camavinga and Tchouameni are arguably the best midfield talents in French Ligue 1 this season.