Chelsea pinpoint top two transfer targets after making N’Golo Kante decision

Chelsea landed Romelu Lukaku on a club record £97.5million deal in the summer window, whilst they managed to sign Saul Niguez on a season-long loan on deadline day

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  • 12:45, 10 Sep 2021
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Chelsea will reportedly remain in the market for a central midfielder even if they sign Saul Niguez to a permanent deal next summer.

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The Blues landed Saul on deadline day last week, with the Atletico Madrid star joining on a season-long loan with an option to buy inserted into the deal.

Thomas Tuchel’s top target for the window just gone was to land a centre forward and he struck gold in signing Romelu Lukaku for £97.5million from Inter Milan.

A move for Saul looked unlikely going into the final hours of the window, but managed to get a deal over the line, with the feeling he can rediscover his best form under Tuchel.

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The Spanish international was deemed surplus to requirements at the Wanda Metropolitano, despite helping the club to the LaLiga title last season.

The 26-year-old was also open to departing after he had been used as a wing-back in the closing months of his spell with Atleti.

Tuchel’s insistence that he will play in central midfield was said to be a decisive factor in Saul ultimately pushing for a move to west London.

He faces intense competition to earn a place in the XI however, with N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho all ahead of him in the pecking order.

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However, the Standard claim that Chelsea have full faith he can offer something different to the players already at the club and believe they have landed a major coup with his £30m option.

Despite his arrival, the report adds that Kante is set for a new contract having played a pivotal role in their run to the Champions League under Tuchel.

The Frenchman has two years remaining on his current deal and is set to be rewarded for his fine form.

N'Golo Kante will be offered a new Chelsea deal, according to reports
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Even with such a rich array of talents, it is reported that a central midfielder could still be a priority next summer, along with signing a new central defender.

Declan Rice has long been on Chelsea’s radar and with the West Ham star rejecting approaches for a new contract himself, there is a feeling he could be made available next summer.

Along with the England international, Monaco youngster Auerlien Tchouameni is another player that could be signed, with the 21-year-old earning rave reviews for his performances both at club level and for France.

Declan Rice remains on Chelsea's shortlist for next summer
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At the back, the need for a new arrival is more stark, with Tuchel’s side facing up to the prospect of a major overhaul in the position.

Kurt Zouma was allowed to leave for West Ham this summer, while Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger will all be free agents at the end of the season.

Chelsea spent much of the summer trying to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, although the Spaniards remained steadfast on their valuation of £68million.

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