Report: Chelsea could turn to 'incredible' £34m midfielder if they fail to sign Tchouameni this summer

Chelsea could reportedly turn to PSV Eindhoven’s Ibrahim Sangare if they fail to sign Aurelien Tchouameni.

According to Sky Sports, the Blues see Sangare as the alternative option to their long-term target from Monaco.

The Blues lose track of Tchouameni

Despite keeping tracking of Tchouameni for so long, it appears the player’s next destination will be Spain rather than Stamford Bridge.

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The midfielder is apparently edging closer towards Real Madrid, to the disappointment of several elite European clubs.

Along with Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain had their sights set on signing the Frenchman.

Although nothing has been confirmed, the feeling is that Madrid will get their man as they so often manage (other than Kylian Mbappe).

Permitted Tchouameni is off the table, each of his other suitors must turn to other names on their transfer shopping list.

For Chelsea, Sangare seems to be next down on the agenda.

Chelsea could turn to Sangare instead

Whilst he might not make every supporter scream and shout in excitement, there is a lot to like about the Ivorian.

He played 49 times for PSV last season, mainly as a defensive midfielder, providing them with a sturdy base to finish second in the Eredivisie and win the KNVB Beker and the Johan Cruyff Shield.

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The ‘incredible’ 24-year-old, as labelled by his former Toulouse manager Alain Casanova, has understandably attracted attention from British shores.

Leicester City, who he faced in the Europa Conference League quarter-final, and Newcastle United were mentioned as interested parties earlier this month.

Chelsea were also flung into the equation and have since also been joined by Liverpool, as they too look to shake off the Tchouameni disappointment.

Sangare’s phone, or rather his agent’s, should be very busy this summer, especially if punters are aware of his relatively low-price tag.

Voetbal Primeur say his release clause is around £34m, a chunk cheaper than Tchouameni.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.