The Blues are still reeling from the high-profile departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, both of whom left as free agents earlier in the transfer window.
Chelsea deemed England internationals Marc Guehi and Fikayo Tomori as surplus to requirements over the course of the last 12 months and now are now looking increasingly short of defensive numbers.
Uncertainty still surrounds the futures of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta, while Thiago, Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr represent the only senior central defenders remaining in Tuchel’s squad.
Matthijs de Ligt has emerged as Chelsea’s No.1 defensive target and progress is being made in negotiations with Juventus, who have been offered the likes of Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner in part exchange.
Chelsea are also in talks with Manchester City about signing Nathan Ake who moved from Stamford Bridge to the Etihad Stadium two years ago.
The Netherlands international has struggled to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s first team on a regular basis, however, and a deal is likely to go through should the Blues meet City’s asking price.
Kimpembe’s future remains unclear and with the Ligue 1 giants closing in on the signing of Inter Milan Skriniar, his future at PSG looks to be increasingly uncertain.
On his plans, with his current contract running through to 2024, Kimpembe said recently: ‘Everyone knows the love I have for PSG, I think it’s mutual.
‘I am coming to a key moment in my career, my next contract will be very important.
‘I’m waiting to meet the new sports management to discuss the club’s future project. I think we will have to discuss things fairly quickly.’
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