The west London club lost both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers this summer – to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively – while skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is also said to be interested in returning to Spain.
Thomas Tuchel has identified his defense as an area that therefore requires significant investment and the club finalize a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly.
A fee has already been agreed with Napoli and the Senegalese international landed in London on Wednesday evening.
After several changes to their plan for Koulibaly, Chelsea have now decided he will undergo a medical in the capital on Thursday before flying to the United States to join the rest of the squad on his pre-season tour – either in Los Angeles or in the USA second leg in Las Vegas.
Chelsea are hoping to bring two more experienced centre-backs to their side and talks are well underway to sign Manchester City’s Nathan Ake.
Personal terms have already been agreed with the Dutchman, who arrived via the west London club’s academy, but a transfer fee has yet to be agreed with the Premier League champions.
Chelsea are optimistic of completing negotiations by the end of next week and have done so also opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain over Presnel Kimpembe.
The French champions want over £50m for the France international, while the Blues also face significant competition from Italian giants Juventus.
While fans may be excited at the prospect of signing three such established centre-backs, the triple fall appears to be bad news for academy starlet Levi Colwill.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio RomanoNow the 19-year-old is more likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer – and most likely into a permanent position.
The teenager has made it clear he wants to be a regular in the first team next season but that will be virtually impossible when Chelsea have Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Koulibaly, Ake and Kimpembe all on their books.
Colwill has been with the first-team in pre-USA training but doesn’t seem to have done enough to show Tuchel he doesn’t need to invest as much in the transfer market.
Chelsea have been reckless in sacking young players under Roman Abramovich – with Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and somewhat ironically Ake all having been sold – and that trend appears to be continuing under Todd Boehly.
Speaking in May, Colwill was very clear he would be ready to leave Chelsea if first-team football wasn’t offered, saying: “For me at the moment, playing for Chelsea will always be because it’s my club.
“But if that doesn’t happen, then I have to find other ways to move forward and become the player I want to be.”
Leicester City, Southampton and Everton are among the many Premier League clubs who would like to take Colwill away from Chelsea on a permanent or loan basis.
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