Report: Chelsea could make January move for defender to solve Reece James' absence
Chelsea could make a move to sign Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, who is keen on a Premier League return, amid Reece James’ injury absence, according to The Guardian.
James sustained a hamstring injury and was forced to leave the pitch early during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old’s injury, according to Tuchel, was the reason for Chelsea’s “collapse” in the game.
Fortunately, the young defender will not need surgery, but he will still be out for at least two months, according to the Guardian’s report.
James’s absence, the report added, could prompt Chelsea to make an attempt to sign Trippier who also wants to return to the Premier League.
The 31-year-old is also reportedly being pursued by Newcastle United.
Potentially ideal January signing for Chelsea
If, as The Guardian claims, Trippier is looking for a move to the Premier League, this could be a win-win situation for both parties.
Trippier’s capability to play on both flanks could also be a solution to not only James’ absence but also Ben Chilwell’s.
The former Tottenham Hotspur defender mostly plays as a right wing-back, but he has also played on the opposite side of the field for both Atletico and the England national team.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has recently confirmed a transfer bid from Newcastle United for Trippier (via Sky Sports), though, so Chelsea would have to move quickly if they want to have a chance to beat the Toons to the deal.