Report: Chelsea really want to sign 26-year-old World Cup star, he's been called 'very important' by Ruud Gullit

Chelsea reportedly really want to sign Inter Milan and Netherlands star Denzel Dumfries.

Dumfries, 26, is a powerhouse right wing-back with great athleticism and speed.

The flying full-back has done well at club level for Inter this season, scoring two goals and making three assists in 20 appearances across all competitions. He’s played every minute so far for the Netherlands at their World Cup campaign this winter, too.

Described as “very important” to the Dutch national side last year by Ruud Gullit, Dumfries will hope he can shine for his country when they play the United States this weekend in the last-16 of the World Cup.

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Chelsea really want to sign Denzel Dumfries

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Chelsea’s interest in trying to sign Dumfries is now “strong”.

This comes after 90min claimed that Tottenham have now made enquiries about the Inter Milan defender to try beat Graham Potter’s side to his signature.

He looks a natural fit for Premier League football with his fitness and quality up and down the wing, so you can see why English clubs are linked with him.

Both Chelsea and Spurs regularly play systems with wing-backs, which is a position Dumfries has really started to master.

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Chelsea did spend big in the summer to buy defenders such as Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella, but it was a necessity after losing the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen.

It does feel like the Blues squad is still lacking in the right-back area, despite Cesar Azpilicueta’s ability to cover several defensive roles.

It would be great to have an out-and-out replacement to rotate with Reece James.

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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.