Report: Chelsea now keen on signing 'amazing' 24-year-old star, after he receives call from Andriy Shevchenko

Chelsea have reportedly redirected their attention to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ gem Max Kilman.

According to talkSPORT, the Blues are considering making a move for the young defender after scouting him for several weeks.

Who is Max Kilman?

Kilman has certainly earned the respect of those watching the Premier League, following a fine season at the heart of Wolves’ defence.

The 24-year-old is yet to miss a minute of league action under Bruno Lage.

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In fact, the centre-back has played every single game across all competitions for the golden boys.

“He is amazing and doing an amazing season,” said fellow Molineux protector Jose Sa about his defensive partner.

Understandably, such consistent displays will always be noticed by those in powerful places.

Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has certainly recognised Kilman’s talent.

“I was at home and didn’t know who was calling me. When he said it’s Andriy Shevchenko I was just like, wow. It’s not normal that Andriy Shevchenko has your number and calls to say he wants you to represent Ukraine,” revealed the Wolves centre-half last May.

At the time, Shevchenko was in charge of his country as they geared up for the European Championships.

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His conversation with Kilman arose due to the players dueled nationality.

He is the son of a Russian art dealer and Ukrainian catwalk model.

However, having represented England’s futsal team internationally, a change of national team allegiance was prevented.

Chelsea’s turn to chase Max

Back on British soil, Shevchenko’s ex-employers also seemingly share the same interest as the retired centre-forward.

Depending on what happens to Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in the summer, Chelsea will probably be in the market for a new central defender.

Whilst their search has taken them across the continent, links to those already stationed within England’s top flight have been few and far between.

Kilman represents a change in perception, one that might be welcomed by the fans.

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After all, he can play on the left-side of a back-three due to being naturally left-footed.

And who usually fills that slot for Thomas Tuchel’s team? The potentially departing Rudiger.

He might not be the stellar signing supporters are crying out for, but Kilman certainly should not be sneered at.

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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.