Report: Chelsea attention may shift towards 27-year-old centre-back target

Report: Chelsea may now switch their focus towards attempt to sign 27-year-old centre-back

Chelsea may reportedly switch their attention on trying to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, the Blues have made an enquiry to Inter about signing their talented centre-back Skriniar.

The report claims Chelsea could now even prioritise attempts to sign the 27-year-old due to the injury to an alternative Blues target, Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.

It is understood Thomas Tuchel’s side may need to make a bid somewhere near the £70million valuation to convince Inter to sell Skriniar, who’s actually entering the final year of his contract at the San Siro.

Chelsea’s approach for the centre-half comes so soon after links to Inter’s powerhouse defender.

It was reported this week the Blues set sights on a move for Skriniar and were considering trying to beat Paris Saint-Germain to his signature.

Fans will be glad to hear the story is progressing with talks now initiated.

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Chelsea attention on Skriniar

It’s an interesting development to hear Tuchel’s side may firmly lock on to Skriniar as a target.

Many would argue Chelsea need at least two top quality centre-backs signed in this summer transfer window, so chasing deals for both Skriniar and Kounde may be the correct approach.

The Blues should work on driving down Inter’s price tag on Skriniar due to his contract situation. The Slovakia international is a really exciting talent entering the prime of his career, though.

Meanwhile, it would be a huge shame if the Blues completely abandon the Kounde chase.

A recent report suggests Chelsea still believe they can win the chase to sign the Sevilla star ahead of rival suitors Barcelona.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.