Chelsea already move for Thiago Silva replacement 

Chelsea already move for Thiago Silva replacement

Chelsea are in the market to strengthen a number of positions in the upcoming summer transfer window. Incoming head coach Enzo Maresca looks set to have his work cut out with the Blues hoping for some stability following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino after just one season.

With the summer trading period just over a week away from opening, numerous dilemmas are facing Maresca but it must be mentioned he may not have control over most of those. As he has been appointed head coach, the sole purpose of his job is to coach the player and choose the team, with a say in transfers limited.

As such, two major decisions look to have already been made without his approval with Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah still expected to depart this summer. The Blues looked to have already signed Chalobah’s replacement while Aston Villa have recently held preliminary talks over a move for Gallagher, as per The Athletic.

Back onto new signings, Tosin Adarabioyo will be confirmed as Chelsea’s first summer signing very soon after completing his medical on Tuesday. As a free agent, the Blues will not have to pay anything to his former club Fulham and thus the funds acquired through the expected sale of Chalobah will be profit.

While Chalobah is still currently at the club, the Blues have already lost one defender with Thiago Silva departing at the end of his contract. As such, if Chalobah was to join Silva in exiting ahead of the 2024/25, Chelsea would need to sign another defender alongside Tosin.

Lille teenager Leny Yoro is one option that has been linked however Sporting CP centre-back Ousmane Diomande is the perfect fit and he has also been linked to Chelsea for some time. The 20-year-old has been scouted intensely by Chelsea and contact with his representatives in recent windows has been made.

Diomande is of course not the only defensive target however he is well-known to be efficient with the ball at his feet, something that Maresca will undoubtedly inform the recruitment team he wants. The Ivory Coast international is said to have a £68million release clause in his contract but a new report has revealed that could be cut down.

According to the Daily Express, Sporting have now set the bar at £51million, although it is understood they would seriously consider offers in the region of £35million.

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