Chelsea will reportedly make a shock attempt to sign Brighton defender Adam Webster in the summer transfer window. Boss Thomas Tuchel will likely revamp his defence ahead of the 2022-23 season with several key figures potentially leaving the Blues.
Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta each see their contracts expire in June.
None of the trio seem any closer to renewing their terms and could depart in the summer, leaving Tuchel without three of his usual starters.
The German will seek to replace them by trying to sign Brighton’s England-tipped centre-back Webster, according to the Mirror.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is rumoured to be keen to look at Webster within the England set-up, such has been his good form.
And Chelsea will rival Newcastle for the signature of the former Portsmouth man, the report continues.
Express Sport picks out three individuals who might view a move for Webster as bad news.
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Chelsea signing Webster could bring to an end Azpilicueta’s decade at Chelsea.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to extend his deal into next season.
That leaves Azpilicueta free to leave in the summer transfer window. He has been linked with a return to Spain.
Fellow defenders Rudiger and Christensen find themselves in the same position but the long-serving Azpilicueta feels the likeliest to remain.
The 32-year-old has often played at centre-back when Thomas Tuchel has used a back three, and Webster might jump ahead in the pecking order.
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Chelsea’s pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde was played out in public during the summer transfer window.
Tuchel was keen to sign a new centre-back and attempted to sign Kounde, with at least a couple of bids being submitted.
Sevilla remained firm in their stance that the Frenchman would not be sold.
Chelsea attempting to sign Webster could suggest that they no longer deem Kounde a viable target.