Chelsea might be in the market for a new centre-back, but Thomas Tuchel’s dream signing is very unlikely to materialise this summer, according to Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella.
Despite their impressive defensive record under Tuchel, the Blues might still have to look at potential defensive reinforcement this summer.
This is largely down to the risks of losing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger whose contracts will both expire next summer.
An earlier report from Goal mentioned three players on Chelsea’s shortlist; Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, and Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule.
Interestingly, Kinsella claims that the player that Tuchel wants the most is not even on the list.
“With Chelsea, they are considering signing a centre-back,” the journalist told Goal’s Shop Window Transfer Show.
“Actually, Marquinhos is the one Tuchel really wanted to bring in.
“But with PSG, how they are, and the money they’ve got, it’s a non-starter.
“They’re going to eventually look at the centre-back positions, I think, but they’re waiting for Christensen and Rudiger’s contract renewals.
“[The talks] are not really advanced yet, so I think Chelsea will sign a centre-back if one of those guys leave.”
Tuchel always spoke very highly of Marquinhos before and even described him as “the soul and heart” of his Paris Saint-Germain side.
On paper, the 27-year-old would easily fit in at Chelsea given his familiarity with Tuchel’s tactics and playing alongside Thiago Silva.
As Kinsella pointed out, however, financially, PSG do not seem to be in a position where they would have to sell their current captain.