Chelsea turn attention to Presnel Kimpembe as Thomas Tuchel eyes reunion with PSG defender

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Chelsea have sounded out the possibility of signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe this summer.

It remains unclear whether the 26-year-old is a viable signing but there’s a belief in some quarters that the defender could be available for around £50million. The France international has previously worked with Tuchel.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has agreed to join Chelsea for £33m, with Manchester City’s Nathan Ake in advanced talks with the Blues.

Kimpembe is currently scheduled to join up on the Parisiens’ tour of Japan with Chelsea ahead on their pre-season programme in the United States.

The signing of three centre backs could signal moves away from Stamford Bridge for several players including Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso - who are targeted by Barcelona.

The Catalan giants met co-owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly in a restaurant a few days ago to thrash out a deal.

There’s also now considerable doubts over former Huddersfield Town loanee Levi Colwill and his future in west London. The 19-year-old is one of the most exciting young defenders in the country but has a host of offers from various Premier League clubs.

Should Chelsea sign two left-sided central defenders, he would deem his chances for a future at Chelsea as unviable.

The activity around the defence is coupled with the signing of attackers as Raheem Sterling joins Chelsea from Manchester City for £47.5m. He became their first signing of the summer with other forward options being considered by Boehly.

They include AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry.

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