CHELSEA’s transfer pursuit of Lens ace Jonathan Clauss has been given a major boost as the French side sign another right-back.
The Blues are looking for defensive reinforcements after outgoing full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James missed chunks of last season through injury.
And to avoid a similar scenario in the next campaign, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has set his sights on Clauss.
Tuchel has been impressed with the 29-year-old’s form over the past few campaigns, which has seen him feature in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season twice in a row.
Clauss’ stellar form also earned him his first cap for France in March.
The French ace showed off his attacking prowess last season, registering five goals and eleven assists.
Chelsea should have no problem signing Clauss who previously revealed his dream of joining the Blues.
And Lens anticipated his exit by signing Angers star Jimmy Cabot, the Daily Express reported.
Cabot’s £1.7m arrival at Lens should open the door for a smooth exit for Clauss to west London.
Clauss’ contract expires next summer, and Lens would rather cash in on the defender now than lose him for free then.
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The Ligue 1 side want £10m for him, but he has an £8.5m release clause.
And his price tag is unlikely to be a problem as Blues new owner Todd Boehly is willing to splash the cash to improve Tuchel’s squad.
However, the Blues face competition in the form of Atletico Madrid who are also trailing the full-back.
Clauss’ ability to switch from full-back to full-back is another reason Tuchel and Atletico boss Simeone love him.