OFFICIAL SIGNING: Chelsea in advanced talks signing with 21-year-old Ligue 1 midfielder

Chelsea in advanced talks with 21-year-old Ligue 1 midfielder

The London giants are prepared to put off their chase for crucial midfield targets such as Aurelien Tchouameni and maybe pursue those in the summer. Chelsea were prepared to make a central midfield signing in winter, but they will now focus on solving their wing-back issues.

The Blues have found themselves in a tricky position heading into the winter transfer window. After leading the PL table for a significant period this season, Chelsea have slipped massively below Man City amid a minor injury and Covid-19 crisis.

The main issue for the German coach has been the injuries to Chilwell and James, as Thomas Tuchel considers wing-backs duo integral to his system. Without them, the Blues have lacked impetus in front-line, severely impacting their lethal potential in the final third.

Due to the absence of Chilwell and James, the Blues have decided to solve those issues first by either bringing in new wing-backs or even recalling some of their on-loan stars, such as Emerson. The current Lyon defender might prove tricky to be called back, in which case Chelsea are prepared to sign Lucas Digne from Everton as a secondary option.

The Blues were expected to make a move for the highly-rated midfielder in winter, but they might wait until the summer to do so. Chelsea are reportedly carrying out detailed scouting on Tchouameni, including taking a look into his personal life and overall off-field behaviour.

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