Chelsea get boost in Alaba transfer chase after Upamecano blow

The Bayern Munich star is available on a free transfer this summer and Chelsea are among a host of Europe’s leading sides targeting him.

Barcelona are considered favourites to land the Austrian, with reports in Spain claiming a verbal agreement had been reached.

But his agent Pini Zahavi issued a terse response to those claims, telling Goal: “That’s not true.”

Chelsea want to sign a top-class centre-back this summer, even after Thomas Tuchel’s transformation of their defence.

The German has overseen a run of nine clean sheets in 11 games since his appointment in January.

Thiago Silva could stay on for another year if Chelsea take up an option in his contract, and Andreas Christensen is set to be offered a new deal following his outstanding performances in recent weeks.

But the club’s scouts have long been looking at options to bring in this summer, with Dayot Upamecano high on their list before the RB Leipzig defender agreed a move to Bayern at the end of the season.

Interest in Alaba will be heavily-dependent on the 28-year-old’s personal demands.


Meanwhile, Fikayo Tomori says he has had no contact from Tuchel since going out on loan to AC Milan.

The Italian giants have an option to make the deal permanent and have been impressed with the 23-year-old since his move in January.

“It’s nothing that I’m worried about or anything like that, I’m focused on what’s happening here and I’m sure that he’s doing the same at Chelsea,” he said.

“I’m not really focused too much on what can happen in the future, it’s just more about me playing well for the team and doing what I can for myself right now and helping the team as much as possible. Then what happens in the future will happen.”

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