Report: Tottenham make their move to beat Chelsea to £43m World Cup star, he could leave in January

Tottenham have reportedly made their move to try beat Chelsea to sign Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries.

According to 90min, Chelsea are interested in signing the 26-year-old star from Inter.

However, it is understood that London rivals Spurs have now made an enquiry to try to prize the right wing-back away from the San Siro.

The report explains that Serie A giants Inter may look to sell him in January. Ideally, they would like him back on loan for the rest of the 2022/23 season.

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Tottenham move for Dumfries

Spurs are now actively pursuing the signature of Dumfries, so it’ll be interesting to see how Chelsea respond.

Graham Potter’s side have received several transfer links lately to the defender, who is currently representing the Netherlands at the World Cup. He’s played every minute so far for the Dutch and helped them qualify for a last 16 tie against the United States.

Inter Live recently claimed that Inter believe Chelsea may be willing to offer Mateo Kovacic in a swap deal for Dumfries. The report states the full-back is valued at £43million, too.

In our view, Kovacic shouldn’t be involved in any kind of deal.

However, the Dumfries speculation is certainly one that should be explored further.

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Every Chelsea fan knows the club need to bring in another right wing-back to compete and cover for Reece James.

Dumfries would slot into most starting line-ups in the world as the perfect wing-back with pace, great stamina and strength. We prefer James in a straight comparison between the pair, though.

If Chelsea can convince Dumfries to be part of the Blues squad, it’s a no-brainer to try push Spurs aside to get him. The fact James can easily slot in as a right-sided centre-back is an indication the duo could even play together at times.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.