Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea have identified Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kays Ruiz-Atil as a potential target for the summer, according to reports in France.
Thomas Tuchel is ready to oversee his first summer transfer window in charge of Chelsea. It appears he could look towards a familiar setting.
Tuchel gave Ruiz-Atil his senior debut in September. Since then, the midfielder has been on the fringes of the first team.
Ruiz-Atil has seven senior appearances to his name this season, all coming when Tuchel was in charge. Since Mauricio Pochettino replaced the German as manager, Ruiz-Atil has fallen out of favour.
The 18-year-old has been demoted to the club’s under-19 squad. It seems likely he will be leaving PSG at the end of the season.
His contract is due to expire in June, and if Pochettino has little faith in him, it is unlikely he will extend his deal. That will prompt a battle for his services.
Chelsea are long-term admirers of Ruiz-Atil, having monitored him even before Tuchel was in charge. They held talks over a possible move last summer.
The fact that his former manager is now at Stamford Bridge could prove even more tempting for the teenager.
Ruiz-Atil is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs now. Therefore, Chelsea could begin discussions if they firm up their interest.
Ruiz-Atil is not the only player on the agenda for Chelsea going into the summer transfer window.
The Blues have been linked with a plethora of players since Tuchel took charge – with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak one of the recent names to emerge as a target.
Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as first-choice goalkeeper in the summer, but could be looking for a further upgrade.
Oblak would certainly be that, as he has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. But his high price tag may not put Chelsea off too much.