Chelsea target Inter star that could see Reece James change position


Chelsea have switched their attentions to Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries following their frustrations over a deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

The Blues thought that they held the upper hand in a move for the Frenchman, only for Barcelona to swoop in and hijack yet another deal from under the nose of Thomas Tuchel, having done the same with Raphinha earlier in the transfer window.

While Barcelona’s bid (consisting of 50m euros plus a further 10m in add-ons) will not match Chelsea’s, there is confidence that it will be accepted by the Spanish side, with Kounde ready to agree personal terms.

As a result, the London Evening Standard claim that the Blues have switched their focus to the Dutch full-back, who has excelled as a right wing-back since his move to Inter Milan last summer. He is also courted by Manchester United, with Erik ten Hag keen to strengthen his right flank.

26-year-old Dumfries grabbed 5 goals and 7 assists in 45 appearances for the Serie A giants last campaign, which saw them lose out to rivals AC Milan for the title by just 2 points.

A change of position for James

With Chelsea previously targeting a centre-back. and still keen to strengthen there, should they move for Dumfries it would suggest a change of position for current wing-back Reece James, who has previously been deployed on the right side of Thomas Tuchel’s back three, and could do so once again for the coming season.

The Blues could still move for a centre-back, having reportedly drawn up a shortlist of five options to strengthen in the heart of their backline, but should a move for Dumfries materialise, it would imply a change of position for the impressive Englishman.


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2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11



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