Chelsea are keeping tabs on France international Jonathan Clauss as they believe he could be a worthy replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta, according to reports.
Thomas Tuchel is said to be a long-term admirer of the 29-year-old from RC Lens – having initially stated his interest in the wing-back when he first arrived at Chelsea.
The Premier League giants could now acquire his services for as little at £10million this summer, according to Goal.
Chelsea are keeping tabs on France international Jonathan Clauss (above) this summer
Chelsea have kept a close eye on Clauss in the build-up to the summer transfer window – having monitored the France international during his last 50 club games.
Chelsea’s interest on Clauss spiked when he received a call-up to the French senior national team back in March.
They believe the 29-year-old could provide competition for the Chelsea backline and provide ample cover after the Blues struggled to fill the void left by Reece James when he was sidelined last season.
Additionally, Tuchel believes Clauss could a worthwhile replacement for Azpilicueta – who could join Barcelona this summer.
Thomas Tuchel is said to be a long-term admirer of the 29-year-old from RC Lens – having initially stated his interest in the wing-back when he first arrived at Chelsea
The German manager believes he could be a worthy replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta (right)
The Chelsea captain is under contract at Stamford Bridge until next year but is thought to be keen on a return to Spain.
As a result, the 32-year-old, who has won every major European and domestic trophy during his decade at Chelsea, could depart this summer.
Meanwhile, Barca are attempting to fill the void at right back left by club legend Dani Alves – who has confirmed he is leaving for a second time.
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde remains as Chelsea’s primary transfer target but they could look to sign Clauss for as little as £10m this summer.
Clauss once spoke about his love for Chelsea, claiming he used to be a Blues supporter as a child. He said: ‘Since I was a kid, It’s Chelsea and it remains Chelsea [the team I dream about playing for].’