Report: Chelsea now interested in 'incredible' £30m player who has been likened to Michael Essien

Chelsea are reportedly tracking PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare as part of their potential summer spending spree.

According to the Mirror, Sangare has been watched by the Stamford Bridge chain of command, who are preparing to offload some cash in the next transfer market.

Why are Chelsea tracking Ibrahim Sangare?

The Ivorian international is already on the Premier League’s radar, with links to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

He has acted as an impressive force at the heart of PSV’s midriff, helping them reach the Europa Conference League semi-final and finish second in the Eredivisie.

His individual statistics are worth noting as well.

According to, the 24-year-old ranks second overall in the Dutch top flight for interceptions made per game (2.5), eighth for passes per game (70.7) and for tackles per game (3.3).

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Clearly a well-rounded performer, it is no surprise the English clubs have apparently looked favourably upon his skill set.

Especially as he could cost as little as £30m (Mirror), the same price Chelsea paid for N’Golo Kante in 2016.

Who is Sangare comparable to?

If Sangare can become the next Kante, then the Champions League holders would be wise to snap him up before someone else does.

However, the PSV star has actually previously been compared to another figure extremely well known and loved by the Blues.

“Physically, he’s like Yaya Toure but he reminds me of Michael Essien,” explained African journalist Alpha Balde.

“I saw Essien at the start of his career and they had the same physical strength at an equal age.”

Essien forged a reputation in South West London for being an imperious presence in Chelsea’s midfield.

Largely playing alongside Frank Lampard, the Ghanian pretty much held down a spot in the side from his arrival in 2005 to his departure some seven years later.

So, we’ve potentially got the next Essien on our hands; how very intriguing.

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There is clearly a great expectancy for Sangare to reach certain glittering heights, heightened by the reviews handed out by those close to him.  

“He’s one of the greatest players I’ve had at Toulouse,” said his former manager Alain Casanova.

“His first touch is one of the best I’ve seen.

“He’s calm in small spaces and comes out of pressure in incredible ways. He’s also got a great ability to recover the ball, and does a huge amount of running.”

Certainly sounds like someone Chelsea would appreciate…

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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.