Chelsea’s hard-fought victory over London rivals West Ham on Saturday saw Thomas Tuchel’s side increase their grip on a spot in the top four.
But there is no time for the Blues to rest on their laurels, as they have a quick turnaround before their trip to Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League semis.
They also have an FA Cup final encounter with Leicester next month, and Tuchel is clearly getting the best out of his squad during the business end of the season.
There is always room for improvement, however, and the German manager is understood to be keen to join forces with one of his compatriots at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel is also reportedly targeting a wonderkid he worked with at Paris Saint-Germain, while there is a fresh update on Tammy Abraham’s situation amid his contract standoff.
All of that in Monday’s Chelsea transfer round-up.
Potential transfer chain emerges
Chelsea will attempt to sign Bayern Munich stalwart Niklas Sule this summer as Thomas Tuchel looks to freshen up his defence, claims El Gol Digital .
Sule – who has 29 caps for Germany – has struggled with injuries in recent seasons but is considered one of the finest defenders in the Bundesliga.
According to the Spanish outlet, Chelsea signing the 25-year-old would open the door for veteran Cesar Azpilicueta to join Atletico Madrid in a €17million (£15m) transfer.
The report adds Atletico will be in the market for a new centre-back as they expect highly-rated Uruguay international Jose Maria Gimenez to depart.
It could be a busy summer for Europe’s top centre-backs.
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Barcelona join chase for starlet
The 18-year-old midfielder was on Barca’s books between 2009 and 2015 before moving to PSG and penning his first professional deal in 2018.
Ruiz-Atil made his Ligue 1 debut this season and has made a further six appearances for the first team, while he was also named on the bench for a number of Champions League games.
Thomas Tuchel oversaw the French youth international’s development while he was PSG boss and has reportedly been monitoring the situation.
But the report claims Barcelona have joined the race for Ruiz-Atil and hope to sign him at the expiry of his contract this summer.
Newcastle latest Abraham suitor
The striker has fallen down the pecking order since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment and talks to extend his contract with the club – which runs until 2023 – have stalled.
Abraham is believed to want a £180,000-per-week deal despite his modest tally of six Premier League goals this season.
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