Marina Granovskaia plans to sign three January contracts in order to give Thomas Tuchel ‘dream Chelsea XI’


Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is allegedly plotting to sign three players during the January transfer window, in order for manager Thomas Tuchel’s ‘dream XI.

After 11 matches, the Blues are currently at the top of Premier League and three points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City and West Ham United.

MarcaReports state that Granovskaia will target Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde, and Lorenzo Insigne to strengthen Tuchel’s squad in the new year.

As they seek to strengthen their defensive options after the sale of Kurt Zouma, Chelsea has been closely linked to both De Ligt (and Kounde) in recent months.

Marina Granovskaia has guided Chelsea through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
Marina Granovskaia has three January signings

Although the club was hoping to replace Zouma by Kounde during the closing days of the summer transfer window period, they failed to make a bid for the Frenchman from Sevilla.

Although Chelsea had agreed to personal terms with Kounde in order to close the deal, Chelsea refused the release clause in Kounde’s contract.

Manchester United are also reported to be interested in Kounde. Sevilla, however, are believed to be against selling him before next year.

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Jules Kounde
Chelsea remains interested in Jules Kounde

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Granovskaia also targets Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt as a central defender, who has been linked to the Blues in recent times alongside Barcelona.

Chelsea made the choice to find new centre backs, as Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen remain in doubt.

Both of them are out of contract at this point and have not yet reached an agreement with European champions.

Italian winger Lorenzo Insigne will be the last target. In 2017, Chelsea wanted him while Antonio Conte was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy in action during a Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on November 10, 2021 in Florence, Italy.
Lorenzo Insigne has been released from contract for the summer

Chelsea hopes that the 30-year old can bring more experience to their young frontline and be more consistent in Romelu Lukaku’s absence.

Insigne’s contract runs out at the end of the season. Talks with Napoli to negotiate a new contract have reportedly stalled following a request from Serie A to reduce his pay by 50%.