Chelsea are now interested in 'gifted' £34m rated player

Chelsea are reportedly keeping a close eye on Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie during the World Cup.

According to the Mirror, Todd Boehly’s scouts have been ‘checking on’ the Ecuador defender’s displays in Qatar as they continue to assess potential defensive reinforcements.

Hincapie has already delivered a taste of what his suitors can expect from him in his country’s first two group games at the tournament.

The 20-year-old started against Qatar and Holland, ensuring Ecuador sealed four points in total, conceding just once.

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He is already an established regular for his nation, despite only earning a first senior international cap last June.

His debut arrived at the Copa America, where he would play all the fixtures in the lead-up to the quarter-final exit.

Piero Hincapie on the Chelsea radar

Leverkusen have also benefitted from his fiery Latin American character since he joined the Bundesliga side in 2021.

According to WhoScored.com, he has made 20 tackles, 11 interceptions, blocked 12 shots and only been dribbled past four times in the league this season.

“A ball winner, intelligent and technically gifted. This transfer completely fits in with Bayer Leverkusen,” said the club’s Sporting managing director Rudi Voller at the time of Hincapie’s arrival.

“Piero Hincapie is a highly talented player who has the quality to immediately strengthen our squad and, at the same time, can improve even further and reach an absolute top level.”

At just 20-years old, Hincapie has a huge future ahead of him, with many teams apparently recognising this potential.

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Chelsea are one of several suitors intrigued by the centre-back’s talents, along with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Spurs reportedly attempted to sign the Ecuadorian in the summer, but were told by Leverkusen they would need to fork out £34m.

A move to the Premier League – and more specifically London – some way down the line is certainly being mooted.

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