Tuchel named Kimpembe as PSG’s top transfer target and Sevilla star Kounde as Chelsea’s top objective in the summer market.

The Blues manager acknowledges that he wants to sign at least one more center-back before the summer transfer window ends.

After losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, Chelsea was always going to be in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer, and that is still the case as Thomas Tuchel outlines the team’s primary priority before the next deadline passes. Kalidou Koulibaly was already purchased by the Blues in a £34 million ($41 million) trade from Napoli, but more movement is anticipated.

Jules Kounde of Sevilla has been strongly linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge, but Barcelona are also interested in signing the France international, and Tuchel has suggested that Paris Saint-Germain center-back Presnel Kimpembe might be a better target because he would fit a crucial requirement in west London.

Who is the top transfer target for Chelsea?

Tuchel’s comments on Chelsea’s official website regarding recruitment priorities suggest that interest in left-footed Kimpembe could increase while the Kounde rumors continue to swirl.

“We are seeking for people who can play on the left flank,” the German strategist stated.

Kalidou may be able to play there because he plays in a back-four on the left side, but let’s see what is possible. Toni [Rudiger] played on the left side but wasn’t a left-footed player.

“It’s not just about bringing in players for the sake of quantity; we need both quantity and quality, so we’ll make some decisions about individuals and systems later.

“A left-footer would be ideal for us,”

Could Chelsea alter their strategic stance?

Tuchel would be inclined to change his tactical strategy if late deals are difficult to come by.

He used a flat back four to begin a 4-0 preseason loss to Arsenal in Florida before switching to a preferred three-man center-half combination at halftime. Koulibaly came off the bench to replace veteran Brazilian Thiago Silva in that match.

“We tried to play 4-4-2 since Kalidou was ready for 25 minutes and was available,” remarked Tuchel.

“I don’t believe there was a structural issue because we also gave up two goals [in the second half] while using a back five and two no. 6s, a lineup we frequently utilize.

“It was the behaviour that was much more important. It is more important how we play in a structure and not so important what we play.”

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