Report: Tuchel's a big fan of defender Mbappe described as ‘best in the world’, no Chelsea bid yet though

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly a big fan of PSG’s Achraf Hakimi.

According to Fabrizio Romano via Caught Offside, the German boss is still a big admirer of the Moroccan, who they looked to sign from Inter Milan last summer.

The 23-year-old joined the Parisian side for up to £60m last season, but is reportedly still being monitored by the Blues as a potential signing.

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Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta are currently the only options for the right wing-back position in Chelsea’s squad.

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However, transfer guru Romano has claimed the Morocco international is still high on Tuchel’s list, despite missing out 12 months ago.

He claims: “Chelsea wanted Achraf Hakimi a year ago, and certainly he has always been high on the list of Thomas Tuchel, who is a big fan of Hakimi.

“So far, Paris Saint-Germain have assured that they have not received any proposals.”

Spain international Azpilicueta has been rumoured with leaving the club this summer, with it speculated the former ownership group gave him the green light to end a decade at the club this summer.

Hakimi offers a similar attacking threat to James, who has established himself as a crucial member of the Blues’ squad, providing four goals and six assists in the league last year.

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He also gained appraisal from teammates, with superstar Kylian Mbappe describing him as the best defender in his position in the world.

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While it may not look like a priority, a move for Hakimi could add a whole new dynamic to their right-hand-side.

The Moroccan’s lightning pace has been a feature of his time at the Parc des Princes, and could see him occupy the wing-back role.

This would certainly not be the end of James’ time at Stamford Bridge though, as he could take the position of right-centre-back.

Tuchel has previously wrestled with the idea of playing James as part of the back three, utilising his strength to deal with more physical and pacey attackers.

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.