Paris Saint-Germain happy to sell Chelsea transfer target as Thomas Tuchel eyes new defender
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 07
Thomas Tuchel has already lost defenders this summer. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain are open to selling centre-back Presnel Kimpembe according to reports in France, with manager on high alert as he looks to reinforce his defence.

The Blues need to strengthen their rear-guard this summer having lost both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers, leaving them with just Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sang as recognised first-team centre-half options.

They have been linked with a variety of new defenders including the likes of Nathan Ake, Kalidou Koulibaly and Jules Kounde, but strong interest in Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt has been complicated by entering the race.

Now, reports that both Kimpembe and PSG are open to a separation this summer, and that Chelsea are considering a move. Last month the France international acknowledged that his future was undecided.

‘Everyone knows the love I have for Paris Saint-Germain,’ Kimpembe explained. ‘It’s reciprocal. I’ll be 27 in August, it’s a key moment in my career. I’m waiting to meet with the new management with regard to the club’s project. We’ll have to speak very soon.’

The report adds that Kimpembe has spoken with PSG’s new leadership team, made up of sporting director Luis Campos and manager Christophe Galtier, and that discussion has led to a mutual desire to part ways.

The 26-year-old is a World Cup winner, having part of the squad which won the 2018 edition of the tournament in Russia under Didier Deschamps, though was behind Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti in the pecking order at the time.

He came through the youth academy at PSG, making his debut in 2014. Since then, has has gone to make 221 appearances for the first-team, scoring three goals.

In his time with PSG so far, Kimpembe has won the Ligue 1 title five times, the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue on four occasions each, and was a runner up in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League.

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