CHELSEA’S transfer pursuit of Lens ace Jonathan Clauss has received a major boost as the French side have signed another right back.
The Blues are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements after incumbent full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James missed chunks of last season due to injury.
And to avoid a similar scenario in the upcoming campaign, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has set his sights on Clauss.
Tuchel’s been impressed by the 29-year-old’s form over the past few campaigns, which has seen him feature in the Ligue 1 team of the season twice, consecutively.
Clauss’ stellar form also earned him his first France cap in March.
The French ace showed his attacking prowess last season, bagging five goals along with eleven assists.
Chelsea should have no problem snapping up Clauss who previously revealed it’s his dream to join the Blues.
And Lens have pre-empted his exit by recruiting Angers star Jimmy Cabot, the Daily Express reported.
Cabot’s £1.7m arrival at Lens should open the door to a smooth exit for Clauss to West London.
Clauss’ contract expires next summer, and Lens would rather cash in on the defender now instead of losing him for free then.
The Ligue 1 side want £10million for him, but he’s got a release clause of £8.5m.
And his price tag is unlikely to be a problem as new Blues owner Todd Boehly is willing to splash the cash to improve Tuchel’s squad.
However, the Blues face competition in the form of Atletico Madrid who have also been tracking the full-back.
Clauss’ ability to revert from full-back to wing-back is another reason why Tuchel and Atletico boss Simeone are keen on him.