Report: Chelsea ‘tick all the boxes’ for 29-year-old French international, player not extending contract
Chelsea are reportedly the perfect suitors for 29-year-old RC Lens defender Jonathan Clauss.
According to La Voix Des Sports, the right-back will not be renewing his current contract at the club, set to expire in 2023.
The 29-year-old has developed into a real attacking threat in Ligue 1, providing five goals and 11 assists in the league last season.
This breakthrough at club level has seen him make his debut for the French national team, making four appearances since his debut in March.
La Voix Des Sports state the London club have been following him for over a year, with the club said to ‘tick all the boxes’ as an ideal suitor for Clauss.
They claim the French club are looking for around £8.5m, with the right-back understood to be considering this winter’s World Cup into his next choice of club.
The interest comes due to a lack of depth at the back for Chelsea, with Cesar Azpilicueta still rumoured to be on the move this summer.
While Reece James will still be an essential part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans, he has already experimented with the 22-year-old as a member of the back three when facing particular attackers.
This could open up a spot for Clauss, and with his contract expiring in 12 months he may be available on a cut-price deal.
The best right-back in France for the last two years, Clauss has certainly flourished in the prime years of his career after a quiet start.
Being available at such a good price would not only be fantastic for Chelsea, but a great investment in terms of stopping any rivals strengthening in the full-back position.
Despite James’ presence, this doesn’t have to be a move which sees Clauss sit on the bench either. A lack of centre backs at present could lead to James transitioning to a more prominent role in the middle, with the Frenchman’s attacking ability being a nice replacement.