- Chelsea are set for another busy summer transfer window as Thomas Tuchel seeks to assemble a title-winning team
- The German manager is understood to be desperate for a new centre-half and a proven goalscorer
- Antonio Rudiger's contract situation is said to have influenced Tuchel's decision to look elsewhere for reinforcements
- Bayern's Niklas Sule, RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate and Atletico defender Jose Gimenez have all been identified for the central defence role
Chelsea have reportedly identified three defenders who Thomas Tuchel wants for a central defence role at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have built a reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League since the arrival of Tuchel, with the club conceding just two goals in the 13 matches the German has been in charge.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain boss is not ready to leave anything to chance, with Metro UK reporting he is set for a busy summer with the west Londoners also eager to bring in a new striker.
Bayern Munich's Niklas Sule, RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate and Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez have all been identified for the central defence role.
The desire for a new centre-half has reportedly been fuelled by Antonio Rudiger's current contract situation at Stamford Bridge, with the German keen to delay talks untill after the summer.
Rudiger's deal with Chelsea is due to expire in the summer of 2022, with the club understood to be ready to extend his deal.
The Germany international was initially on the verge of exiting the London club after he was frozen out of the first-team by then manager, Frank Lampard.
However, he has since fought his way back into the team, playing an integral part in Tuchel's bright start with the Premier League giants.
He has featured in all but one of the 13 matches the German tactician has been at the helm, helping the club continue their unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Chelsea advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2014 in style after beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 on aggregate after both legs of their fixtures.
Having claimed a 1-0 triumph in the reverse fixture last month, the Blues maintained their dominance over the Spanish League outfit with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
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