Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel faces major problems in the defensive line after the departure of two standard defenders, Antonio Riediger and Andreas Christensen, who joined Real and Barca.
Napoli stopper Kalidou Koulibaly recently arrived at Stamford Bridge but has yet to make himself available to Tuchel. In the meantime, negotiations with Manchester City regarding Nathan Ake failed, and Barca, according to all appearances, managed to “steal” Sevilla’s defender Gilles Cunde, who was on the doorstep of London, from Chelsea’s nose at the last moment.
All this forced Chelsea to stop the announced departures of the two experienced defenders Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona, the media in Spain write.
Chelsea does not have much room to maneuver after the unsuccessful arrivals of Ake and Kunde, has not yet found a new option on the market, so the decision to stop negotiations with Barca regarding the transfer of Azpilicueta and Alonso is completely logical.
There have been reports that Barca-style Chelsea will try to sign Nordy Mukiele from Leipzig, who is already on his way to PSG, but this scenario does not seem realistic. The change is only possible if the “blues” send a much stronger offer than the Parisians who are ready to pay Mukiele 15,000,000 euros.