Premier League giants Chelsea have been told to spend a fee in the region of £30m in order to prise away Mats Hummels from Bayern Munich during the forthcoming transfer window.
The Blues have generally relied on the services of Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz at the heart of the defence this term but manager Maurizio Sarri seems keen on reinforcing the department further with an experienced head with the club fighting for a top-four finish.
Amidst this, they are understood to have enquired regarding the possibility of signing Hummels and according to The Sun, Bayern have given the go-ahead to sanction their defender’s sale at the right price.
As per the publication, the reigning German champions have quoted a £30m fee for the former Borussia Dortmund defender upon enquiry and they are keen to finalise any sale by January 14 in order to offer them sufficient time to cover the probable void.
Hummels had been a regular member of the Bayern squad since joining them from Dortmund two years ago but of late, he has found himself out-of-favour, starting in just three of the club’s previous nine league matches under Niko Kovac.
As such, he appears no longer indispensable to the Bavarian giants and this seems to have encouraged the pursuit from the Blues whose manager is keen on adding more experience at the heart of the backline.
At present, the west London side have four senior defenders in the form of Rudiger, Luiz, Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill but the latter’s future remains a question mark amid this reduced gametime this term.
Just like Christensen, club-captain Cahill has mostly featured in the Europa League and League Cup matches this season and there are suggestions that he could make way next month with his contract expiring in six months’ time.
Likewise, Luiz’s future remains a doubt beyond the current season with the hierarchy seemingly reluctant to offer him a multi-year contract despite his impressive showing during the ongoing campaign.
Luiz, whose contract expires at the end of the campaign, could be offered a one-year deal at best, if the Blues are to go by their shrewd policy of handling extensions for players aged above 30.
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