Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe is reportedly keen on joining Chelsea, where he would reunite with former manager Thomas Tuchel.
According to a report from L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain and France defender Presnel Kimpembe is interested in testing himself in a different league and wants to join Chelsea to join forces with former mentor Thomas Tuchel.
Kimpembe is a product of the PSG youth academy and has been at the club since 2005. The centre-back made his first-team debut as a 19-year-old back in 2014, under then-manager Laurent Blanc and has since gone on to become a key member of the team. To date, he has made 201 appearances for the French capital club, scoring and assisting one goal apiece.
The 25-time capped French international still has over two years left on his contract with PSG. However, having played at Parc des Princes throughout his career, he is considering his future as he looks for a change of scenery at the end of the season. And, the report adds that Kimpembe is looking forward to playing in England and would welcome a move to reigning European champions Chelsea.
The Blues are currently in the market for defensive reinforcements as Antonio Rudiger is likely to be on his way out as his contract runs out at the end of the season. Furthermore, the likes of Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta also see their deals with the west London giants run out at the end of the ongoing campaign.
Even though all four are unlikely to leave, Chelsea will need to shore up their defensive ranks in the summer leading to links with several centre-halves. The Blues have shown an interest in PSG captain Marquinhos but have now identified his teammate and defensive partner, Kimpembe, as a transfer target as well.
Tuchel knows the 26-year-old very well, having coached him during his time as the manager of PSG. The report adds that the German tactician is an admirer of Kimpembe and would like to recruit him at Chelsea. And, with the French international also believed to be open to a move to Stamford Bridge, things could pick up on this front in the coming months.
While PSG might be reluctant to let go of their key defender, they have their sights set on Rudiger and may well decide to make room for the German by offloading Kimpembe.