Chelsea are once again looking at Bundesliga for reinforcements, with Borussia Monchengladbach star Matthias Ginter emerging as a target for Frank Lampard.
According to The Sun, Chelsea could be in for a January move for Matthias Ginter. The Borussia Monchengladbach defender has been eyed as a potential candidate as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his defensive options following an underwhelming start to the campaign.
Ginter, who is now regarded as one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga, could be available for just £30 million, with his existing contract at Gladbach expiring in the summer of 2022. The Foals do not have any proper long-term backup for him either other than the veteran Tony Jantschke.
Nevertheless, Ginter could become the next big German star to join Chelsea in January, following the footsteps of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, both of whom arrived at Stamford Bridge in big-money transfers in the summer. None of them, though, are yet to find their feet in the Premier League so far.
For Ginter, though, things could be a little different. He will be presumably given the task of replacing his German national teammate Antonio Rudiger, who has lost his way over the past few months and was notably linked with a shock move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.
As far as Chelsea are concerned, they have evidently lacked consistency and discipline in defence, with new signing and the highly experienced Thiago Silva still adapting to life in the Premier League. As a result, the Blues have already conceded nine goals in their first seven league matches.
Ginter, in that regard, could be useful as he has gained a lot of reputation with his defensive discipline and consistency over the past couple of years. Especially under Marco Rose, the German international has shown an elite level of positional understanding, while his imposing aerial presence has made him quite an obstacle for the Bundesliga attackers.
Ginter’s traits exceed far beyond than his discipline and physique, as the 26-year-old is also one of the most experienced defenders in Germany at the moment, having made 226 appearances in the Bundesliga. He notably won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before sealing the Confederations Cup, as well as one DFB Pokal with Borussia Dortmund.
The Gladbach star, therefore, has the experience that could help him settle into the Premier League much quicker than his national teammates like Havertz and Werner. And for a fee of just £30 million, the German international could be a bargain for the Blues.