Chelsea are in negotiations with Ousmane Desbele, who is expected to become a free agent in the summer after his contract with Barcelona expires. Thomas Tuchel is also close to a reunion
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Chelsea are the favourites to sign Ousmane Dembole this summer, with the possibility of a transfer ‘taking off’ in the last 24hrs.
Blues representatives have been in contact with the winger. His contract with Barcelona is ending this summer so he will be a free agent. Thomas Tuchel may be able to reunite with the ex-Borussia Dortmund player now that Todd Boehly has taken over at Stamford Bridge.
According to reports, Dembele and Chelsea are close to reaching an agreement. Mundo Deportivo. That was backed up by TalkSPORTAccording to them, they are in the best position to sign the Frenchman because the deal is ‘taking off’ instantly.
Liverpool are also being linked with Dembele, after Sadio Mane’s departure from Anfield was revealed. Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has revealed that his client is still weighing up his options as he prepares to leave the Nou Camp after a failed £100million move from Signal Iduna Park.
He said: “Ousmane’s future remains open. We have been and will continue to be respectful of all clubs, as we are. Ousmane will make the right decision when it is time.”
Tuchel admitted that it has been a frustrating time for Chelsea as they haven’t been able to go full steam ahead due to uncertainty surrounding the club’s ownership.
He said: “You can always end up in a situation where players at the end of the season can have talks with other clubs, have different ideas and maybe get distracted because they sign for other teams. It happens.
“It’s a bit easier if you are also free to act and be more involved in the talks. Now it feels like we are spectators of the development, we don’t like. It’s a passive role and a bit strange. You can feel it.
“We have already discussed now a lot of points (for struggles), if you bring these together maybe it can provide an explanation as to why the edge in our game is missing. Still, I can just repeat myself. It is not the moment to point fingers on the players and to be too harsh and demanding.
“It’s, yes demanding, but not overdo it. We trust ourselves. Everybody in the building and who arrives tomorrow wants to finish on a positive spin. There is still a lot to achieve.”
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Chelsea won’t waste any time now as they seek to strengthen their squad this summer.
Stamford Bridge is desperate for a centre-half. After Antonio Rudiger was released as an unattached agent, Andreas Christensen is expected to follow. Jules Kounde was a long-standing target for Blues. It’s been suggested that he’s not the only player they’re looking at.
According to the, Josko Gudiol is reportedly on their radar. Tuchel’s men plan to beat London rivals Tottenham with the signing of the RB Leipzig stopper Kounde. Daily Mail.