Thomas Tuchel reveals the one kind of player he is still targeting in transfer market for Chelsea

    Thomas Tuchel on Chelsea's tour of the USA.
    Thomas Tuchel is not finished in the transfer market just yet. (Photo: Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he is still targeting a central defender who can play on the left-hand side of a back three before the transfer window closes.

    The Blues currently have four recognised first-team centre-back options, with Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly having been signed from Napoli in order to support Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah.

    But with Tuchel having employed his traditional 3-4-1-2 system since arriving at Chelsea at the beginning of 2021, using it to make the Blues European and world champions, the German believes he requires another defender who can play on the left of the central three.

    ‘We are looking for guys who can play on the left side,’ Tuchel told during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the USA, where they lost 4-0 to Arsenal on Sunday.

    ‘Toni [Rudiger] played on the left side and was not a left-footed guy, so maybe Kalidou can play there because he plays in a back-four on the left side, but let’s see what is possible.

    ‘It is not only about bringing players in for numbers; we need numbers, we also need quality so we will make some decisions late, not only about players but also about systems. Ideally we would have a left-footer.’

    Chelsea have been in the market for new centre-backs this summer as they look to reinforce their defence following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers, the former joining Real Madrid and the latter Barcelona.

    They were heavily linked with a move for Matthijs de Ligt after he made his desire to leave Juventus clear, but the Dutchman eventually opted to join Bayern Munich instead.

    Chelsea have also signed Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling for £45m so far this summer.

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