Report: Leeds have already made approach to sign Chelsea defender this summer, they can have him for free

Leeds United are reportedly among the clubs that want to sign Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter this summer.

Clarke-Salter, 24, is a player that’s impressed in the Championship this season out on loan with Coventry City.

According to The Sun, the centre-back is free to speak clubs about a summer transfer because his contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season.

It is understood Chelsea do have the option to extend his deal with them by a further 12 months if they want, though.

The report says Leeds and Sheffield United have enquired already about signing the centre-half. PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge are showing interest, too.

For Jesse Marsch’s Leeds, it’s still unclear on which division they’ll be playing in next year because they are in the thick of the Premier League relegation battle. Incidentally, they host Chelsea tomorrow night at Elland Road as they look to drag themselves out of the bottom three positions.

Clarke-Salter has been linked with a return to loan club Coventry as well, but it’s unclear where he’ll be playing his football next season.

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Chelsea defence

With some defenders on their way out of Stamford Bridge this summer, it looks like centre-back positions may be opening up.

The Blues have numerous interesting centre-half options out on loan this summer, so you’d expect manager Thomas Tuchel to check on some in pre-season. Levi Colwill and Ethan Ampadu are a couple of youngsters that are available to him.

Clarke-Salter will need a new deal for that to be the case for him.

He’s a left-footed defender that could slot into the position of exit-bound Antonio Rudiger, but the fact he’s made just one Premier League appearance to date raises gigantic question marks over whether he’s ready.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.