Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger will most likely leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season. These conditions make Chelsea need new ammunition in the January 2022 transfer market in order to prepare the right replacement for the German player.
Antonio Rudiger is predicted to leave Chelsea because he is reluctant to sign a new contract offered by the Blues management. This makes Chelsea have the potential to experience a crisis in defense.
Because Chelsea is also likely to be left by Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen whose contracts will also expire in the summer of 2022.
Not to mention that there have been injuries to several players in defense, such as that of Ben Chilwell. These conditions make Chelsea need to focus on finding new energy in the defense.
Chelsea is also predicted to be hunting for a new central defender in the last days of the January 2022 transfer market. Which players can the Blues target?
The first name that can be monitored by Chelsea is Pau Torres. He has been a standout player for Villarreal. The Spaniard appears regularly at the back line of El Submarino Amarillo.
This season, Pau Torres has played 27 matches scoring three goals. He also managed to help his team win the Europa League trophy last season.
Aged 25, Torres still has a contract with Villarreal until 2024. However, Torres has been linked with many of Europe’s top clubs.
Alessandro Bastoni is a product of the original Atalanta academy. Bastoni was then signed by Inter Milan in 2017 for a fee of 31.1 million euros.
However, he later became a mainstay in the Nerazzurri back line during the leadership of Antonio Conte and Simone Inzaghi.
The 22-year-old defender managed to help Inter Milan win the Serie A title last season. Bastoni has made 101 appearances for the club scoring three goals and providing eight assists .
Matthijs de Ligt
Juventus signed Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax Amsterdam in 2019 for a fee of 75 million euros. Matthijs de Ligt is contracted to the Bianconeri until 2024.
The 22-year-old has made 98 appearances in all competitions for the Bianconeri. Of these, he managed to contribute 6 goals and 2 assists .
Recently, De Ligt’s future at Juventus has been in doubt. There are rumors that De Ligt is ready to take a new step in his career.
Leicester City spent 35 million euros to bring Wesley Fofana who was then 19 years old from Saint-Etienne. However, the young Frenchman proved to be a good buy.
Fofana has good attributes as a central defender. He is fast, strong and calm when under pressure.
However, Fofana has yet to feature once this season after sustaining a serious injury in pre-season. However, he could return to appear next month.
Jules Kunde actually almost moved to Chelsea in the summer transfer window of 2021. Kunde has even reached a personal agreement with the Blues.
However, Sevilla suddenly raised the price of Kunde ahead of the close of the transfer market. As a result, the Blues did not succeed in bringing the French defender to Stamford Bridge.
Kunde has been playing for Sevilla since 2019 after signing from Bordeaux. He has made 114 appearances in all competitions with seven goals and three assists for the Spanish club.