Report: Tuchel now actually wants to sign 'world-class' player, who it was claimed would never join Chelsea

Reports suggest Thomas Tuchel is considering making a move for Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry in this window.

The Telegraph reported yesterday that the club were keen on a move for Gnabry, having seemingly missed out on any deal for Raphinha.

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The Blues had agreed a fee with Leeds United for the Brazilian, however his clear desire to stall and join Barcelona has seen the Spanish club have the time to raise the funds to make their first big-money transfer.

This has seen Chelsea re-enter the market for an attacker, with it being known that Tuchel still wants to add another forward to his ranks.

The Bayern man fits the bill perfectly, with his direct attacking style exactly what the Blues were looking for in a potential Raphinha signing.

Tuchel considering Gnabry move

The problem for Chelsea is that these links have sparked claims in Germany that Gnabry would never join Chelsea.

Gnabry broke through at Arsenal, and apparently still feels a huge amount of loyalty to the Gunners.

Indeed, Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg says that the German forward would not play for any of Arsenal’s north London rivals recently.

Gnabry had spent three years with the Gunners before leaving for the Bundesliga in 2016.

His time in his home country has seen his game completely develop, with his performances now seeing him labelled as ‘world-class’.

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As well as at club level, the 26-year-old has excelled at international level, scoring 20 goals in just 34 appearances, whilst also competing with current Blues Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in a strong attacking force.

His ability to play anywhere along the frontline makes him the perfect signing for Tuchel when it comes to the final acquisition for Chelsea’s attack.

However, with the potential rejection the club have already had in their first window under Todd Boehly, it may be wise to not enter negotiations for a player who has already said he doesn’t want to join, in order to not further destroy supporters’ faith.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.