Tuchel to sign star player as permanent replacement for Lampard’s favourite in Chelsea

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has big plans to bolster his squad going into the summer transfer window with defence a priority. It spells the end for one man, who was a favourite under Frank Lampard.

Chelsea are eyeing a move for Bayern Munich star Niklas Sule ahead of the summer transfer window.

The defender was being eyed by the Blues earlier this year while Tuchel is a known fan of the Germany international, who he has admired for some time.

With the Stamford Bridge outfit in the final of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the Champions League, it has been a fine return to form since Tuchel was hired as manager.

But there are still improvements to be made and a centre-back was top of the agenda even before the former Paris Saint-Germain boss was in charge.

Tuchel has changed the system at Chelsea, playing three defenders instead of two – so it has only amplified the need for another centre-back further.

According to The Athletic, Sule is top of the wish list as they look to take advantage of his uncertain future at Bayern Munich.

The 25-year-old has just one year left on his contract and has eyed a departure himself.

Despite David Alaba and Jerome Boateng looking set to leave this summer, there have been question marks over Sule’s time in Bavaria – especially after club chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly criticised his performance against Eintracht Frankfurt in February.

Bayern have already secured the signing of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, while Lucas Hernandez has played more of a role in recent weeks.

The Athletic further report that Sule is relaxed over his situation at Bayern, safe knowing that his services are wanted by others across the continent.

If the former Hoffenheim star does sign for Chelsea, it would spell the end for Kurt Zouma – who was a first-team regular under Lampard.

The Frenchman has found game-time hard to come by under Tuchel and has been linked with a switch to either Leicester or Everton in the summer.

While Lampard was in charge, Zouma forged a defensive partnership with Thiago Silva but Tuchel prefers Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen over the former Saint-Etienne star.

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