Report: Tuchel asks Chelsea's board to sign 22-year-old for him, but they may not do it

Chelsea could completely avoid making any fresh acquisitions after the new year as the board are apparently ‘content’ with the current squad.

This is according to the Sunday World, who claim the top dogs at Stamford Bridge are satisfied with the ensemble of expensive stars they’ve weaved together.

It is not like Chelsea’s thirst to be completely quenched when it comes to wheeling and dealing.

Surely being unable to ship off Ross Barkley, Malang Sarr and Lewis Baker last month will have put a large X next to their transfer tally chart.

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But sealing the signing of Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez should have given them a massive green tick.

Especially as they accumulated the funds for Lukaku’s via the sales of numerous spare parts and academy scholars.

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Thomas Tuchel’s orchestra now has virtually every instrument available, with an extra player for each musician waiting in reserve.

Yet, the Sunday World say the German coach had held talks with the chain of command about possibly expanding his troupe again.

A defensive acquisition is supposedly the request Tuchel put in, with one man’s name at the summit of the list.

Jules Kounde remains on Chelsea’s radar, despite their failings to land the Sevilla centre-back over the summer.

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Differences in opinion over the Frenchman’s worth caused a divide between the two clubs and ultimately a breakdown in the deal.

Sevilla demanded Kounde’s release clause paid in full, whilst the Blues simply did not want to match their estimate.

Sunday World state that Chelsea are still interested in the 22-year-old, but not if the Spanish side’s pricing remains the same.

This could mean, come January time if Sevilla’s stance is resolute, the Champions League holders might not be welcoming any new faces into their castle.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.