Report: Thomas Tuchel wants Chelsea to target Paris Saint-Germain midfielder

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants to bring Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti to Stamford Bridge.

According to 90min, the Blues manager has informed Chelsea’s hierarchy that he wants to reunite with the 28-year-old after previously working with him at PSG.

The report has claimed that the Italy international would consider a move to the Premier League to play in English football for the first time in his career.

It is understood that Chelsea are currently scouting him, and Tuchel may be prepared to sacrifice one of his current midfielders to sign him.

Tuchel is clearly a huge admirer of Verratti. He delivered a glowing assessment of him back in October 2019 when he was his manager:

“He plays fast and simple. He’s amazing. He’s an extraordinary player. We’re very happy he’s here with us,” Tuchel said in 2019.

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If you look at Verratti, he’s got to be one of the world’s elite ball-playing midfielders and he’s such a force in the centre of the pitch despite his diminutive 5ft 5in frame.

The deep-lying playmaker can receive the ball in any tight position and keep recycling possession, plus he’s got every range of pass in his locker.

Chelsea do already have four central midfield options in their squad, so surely one would leave if the Verratti interest picked up some speed. 

Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and youngster Billy Gilmour are the four Tuchel is currently rotating with.

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