Report: Chelsea now interested in £19m hard-man who Ben Chilwell called 'really aggressive'

Chelsea have now reportedly set their sights on snapping up Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu.

According to AS, the Blues ‘intend to sign’ the centre-back as they look to replace the departing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Do Chelsea actually intend to sign Soyuncu?

Admittedly, Soyuncu probably wouldn’t be the supporters’ first-choice in terms of stepping into Rudiger or Christensen’s shoes.

He has dropped off the radar somewhat since leaving Freiburg to join the Foxes for £19m (Sky Sports) in 2018.

The defender had to bide his time at the King Power, with Harry Maguire and Johnny Evans ahead of him in the pecking order.

But Maguire’s move to Manchester United in 2019 allowed Soyuncu to step up and show his quality.

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In that same season, the Turkey international proved to be one of the finest defensive forces in the division.

He started all but for four of Leicester’s Premier League games, missing the final three through suspension.

Despite the sour conclusion to the campaign, the 26-year-old’s general performances earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year, along with fellow Fox Jamie Vardy.

Chilwell’s review

Soyuncu certainly built up a reputation for being a tough nut to crack with the character to match.

“He’s really aggressive,” Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell told Sky Sports. 

“You might walk into the physio room and you’ll be getting headlocked by someone and it’ll be him.

“Or when he goes to shake your hand in the morning, you’ll hear your knuckles clicking. And then he doesn’t let go because he enjoys inflicting pain on people. He genuinely does.”

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Chilwell felt Caglar’s concrete grip whilst the pair were playing together for Leicester.

The former then moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2020, getting away from any more broken bones.

However, the Englishmen might want to prepare himself for more pain if his employers are serious about signing his old teammate.

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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.