Thomas Tuchel hails ‘unique’ N’Golo Kante after Chelsea win
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Chelsea were sensationally prepared to pay a huge £85million for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos during the summer transfer window but were snubbed by both the club and the player, according to reports. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was clearly interested in adding a new centre-back to his squad given the club’s pursuit of Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
The Premier League side attempted to sign Kounde from LaLiga side Sevilla but had their attempts consistently knocked back.
Tuchel is facing a defensive crisis if Chelsea do not resolve the futures of three stars.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen each have their contracts expire at the end of next June and fresh terms for the three players are yet to be finalised.
Christensen has said that talks over a new deal are going well but the west Londoners will surely like for the futures of the trio to be solved soon.
Tuchel still wanted to add a new defender to his ranks in the summer but appeared to fail in several attempts for different players.
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Sevilla rejected their approach for Kounde and it has now been revealed that Chelsea attempted to sign the more experienced Marquinhos from PSG.
According to French broadcaster RMC Sport, the Stamford Bridge transfer hierarchy were willing to offer as much as £85m for the Brazilian.
Marquinhos has made 327 appearances for the Ligue 1 side since joining in 2013 and has played 90 minutes in each of PSG’s last three games.
However, his place in the team has been threatened by the arrival of Sergio Ramos on a free transfer.
The Spaniard decided to leave Real Madrid at the end of his contract and was one of the star names to join the Parisians on a free in the summer.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino also secured the incredible arrival of Barcelona icon Lionel Messi and the former Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.
In addition £54m was also spent on wing-back Achraf Hakimi.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea failed in their attempts to sign a new defender. Marquinhos apparently turned down the opportunity to move to London.
Kounde remained at Sevilla and has played three times for the Spanish side this season.
That has not stopped Tuchel’s team from starting the season in excellent form, though. Their defensive performances have been incredibly impressive, with Thiago Silva earning the Man of the Match award for his display against Tottenham at the weekend.
The likes of Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger and Silva have been sensational as Chelsea have started the season unbeaten. Their 3-0 win over Spurs lifted them onto 13 points for the campaign.
Young defender Trevoh Chalobah has also stepped in and performed well, scoring his first Chelsea goal against Crystal Palace on the opening day.
Asked about Silva’s performance against Spurs, in which the Brazilian and Rudiger both scored, Tuchel said: “He was outstanding. He almost scored twice and he’s so strong.
“The delivery was good for his goal and we are very happy that he was able to score and open the game for us today but his performance even in the first half was outstanding. It was a fantastic performance.”
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