Report: Chelsea have now asked 'perfect' 29-year-old if he wants to join them this summer, he'll cost £10m

It has been reported that Chelsea are interested in securing the services of Jonathan Clauss from RC Lens this summer.

According to The Evening Standard though, the Blues are set to face competition from fellow Champions League sides in confirming the deal.

Clauss’ rise to the top of the game has been dramatic, with him featuring in the third division of French football as recently as 2017.

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Now, he is one of the best full-backs in Ligue 1, being named in back-to-back French league team of the season.

That really highlightsd his quality, as he beat Achraf Hakimi to the accolade this season. Hakimi is a player that the Blues were interested in signing before his move to PSG.

He enjoyed his most prolific attacking season last time out, scoring four and assisting nine as Lens enjoyed a competitive campaign.

Chelsea ask about Clauss

With just a year left on his contract, the Blues are reportedly interested in a cut-price deal, potentially needing to replace Cesar Azpilicueta following links to Barcelona.

However, the Tuchel’s side face stiff competition from some of Europe’s best sides, with the Evening Standard claiming clubs can get a deal over the line for just £10m.

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While it is clear Reece James will be Thomas Tuchel’s first choice for a full-back going forwards, the price Clauss is available for should encourage Chelsea to make him a priority.

It has already been seen that the 22-year-old Englishman can operate as a member of the back three, potentially opening the door for the player described as a ‘perfect’ wing-back by head coach Franck Haise.

With big-money transfers such as Raheem Sterling, Raphinha and Matthijs de Ligt being discussed, a deal for Clauss would show the new owners are able to pull of shroud bits of business outside of the big-name signings.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.