Chelsea have had an offer for Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao rejected by Florentino Perez, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.
Based on their squad this season, a new centre-back should not be high on the agenda for Chelsea.
Particularly after Trevoh Chalobah established himself as a reliable defensive option recently, Thomas Tuchel has plenty of centre-backs at his disposal.
This, however, could easily change at the end of the season or even in January, depending on Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s contract situation.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva’s contracts also expire next summer.
Chelsea reportedly had transfer offer for Militao rejected by Real Madrid
According to El Nacional, Chelsea have even made their move with a €40million (£34.1m) offer for Real Madrid’s Militao.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reportedly turned down the offer. This is hardly a surprise, given they already lost Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the summer.
Since Ramos and Varane’s departures, Militao has become Real Madrid first-choice centre-back alongside David Alaba.
Interestingly, Militao is reportedly not satisfied with being one of the lowest-paid players in the Real Madrid squad, at €4.5m (£3.8m)-a-year, despite playing a more prominent role under Carlo Ancelotti.
Well, the Brazil international is still on the six-year contract he signed when he joined Real Madrid from Porto in 2019.
El Nacional mentioned that Real Madrid are planning to offer him a new deal with a potential new release clause that will fend off interest from other clubs, including Chelsea.
But Chelsea manager Tuchel is said to be aware of the situation.
Before the 23-year-old agrees an improved deal with Real Madrid, Tuchel reportedly wants to try to convince him to be part of his three-man defence at Stamford Bridge.