Chelse can ‘kiss the title goodbye’ if they signal the two centre-backs they are connected with, in accordance to Glen Johnson.
Thomas Tuchel is hunting to rebuild his defence following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen at the end of their contracts.
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The Blues could also drop both of those Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, who have been joined with moves to Barcelona.
Chelsea have by now signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £33m but are reportedly hunting to include a further more two centre-backs to their ranks forward of the new season.
They are mentioned to have agreed a £55m cost with Sevilla for Jules Kounde, who is envisioned to make the shift to Stamford Bridge, and there are also common stories of Tuchel’s curiosity in Presnel Kimpembe, whom Paris Saint-Germain are explained to be willing to part with for £42m.
But Johnson thinks shopping for all their new centre-backs from abroad could hamper Chelsea, as at least “one of them is heading to be a flop”.
He told Bettingodds.com (by means of Every day Star): “If they’ve pretty much bought a brand new defence then that could hamper them in the beginning.
“However, if they can get gamers with Premier League knowledge, then it may possibly not hinder them as much. If you get a few of gamers that really do not know the Leading League and they all can’t gel at as soon as then that may possibly most likely shed them the fight.
“If you sign 4 gamers from exterior the Premier League for example, then a person of them is going to flop. That’s just a simple fact. You’re not likely to get four new defenders that are going to be 10 out of 10 from the minute they arrive.
“If they get a amount of defenders with no Premier League experience, then they can kiss the title goodbye straight absent.”
Azpilicueta may conclusion up missing out on his ideal move to Barcelona as Tuchel has developed disappointed with the La Liga giants.
Tuchel mentioned: “Maybe I’m a minor bit irritated with Barça. But I do my best for Chelsea. I explained that to Azpilicueta, he does not like it – but he understands.
“It is also about us and the comparison of how substantially we fought for Koulibaly[…] We have a Spanish worldwide player, captain for Chelsea and I see it on the identical level but Barcelona does not see it on that stage so I’m not absolutely sure if I want to give Azpi what he desires.”