Report: Chelsea get 'green light' to sign the 'perfect' wing-back, talks have already started
Reports suggest Chelsea are prepared to secure a deal for RC Lens wing-back Jonathan Clauss now.
According to The Express, the Blues are set to complete a deal following the French club announcing the signing of Jimmy Cabot from Angers.
Clauss was featuring in the third division of French football as recently as 2017, although has broken through to become one of the most consistent players in Ligue 1.
He has been named in the league’s team of the season for the last two years, outing prior Chelsea target Achraf Hakimi this time round.
He has developed his game to become a sensational wing-back, with current head coach Franck Haise describing him as having the ‘perfect’ attributes for the role.
This has obviously attracted interest from Thomas Tuchel’s men, with the German likely to operate a three-at-the-back formation again next season
This, alongside Lens investing already, has given Chelsea the green light to get the deal done, with talks already underway according to The Express.
With the France international having just a year left on his contract, the report suggests the Blues could get the transfer over the line for as little as £10m.
Acquiring cover and competition for Reece James should certainly be on Chelsea’s list for required reinforcements.
The club’s reported interest in Denzel Dumfries should be put off by the reported transfer fee Inter Milan are requesting, doing well not to forget the quality of the number one option they already have at the club.
That being said, Cesar Azpilicueta is reportedly set to be on the move this summer, meaning the club will need to look for a replacement, especially after seeing the 22-year-old’s multiple injury concerns last season.
Clauss suits the desire for a specialised wing-back, while not breaking the bank with other areas to address, so the deal looks a perfect one to secure as soon as possible.