Chelsea are now monitoring Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries, according to reports in the last 48 hours.
The Lowdown: James alternative
The Premier League side have been short of options in that right-back position following the long-term injury to Reece James, with Graham Potter understandably keen to sign an alternative to provide sufficient squad depth.
The Blues held initial talks with the 26-year-old Dutchman regarding a move over the summer, and even though a deal failed to materialise before the deadline, it sounds like their interest is far from over.
The Latest: Chelsea scouting Dumfries
According to 90min, Chelsea have identified Dumfries as a ‘key target’, with his name having cropped up behind the scenes on ‘multiple occasions’.
It’s stated that the full-back ‘is of interest’ to Todd Boehly, though there are slight ‘concerns’ surrounding what his valuation would be, which could force the Stamford Bridge outfit to ‘look elsewhere’.
The Verdict: Get it done…
The Dutchman already has two goals and the same number of assists to his name across all competitions this season, and is currently averaging 1.4 shots and 1.3 key passes per Serie A game (WhoScored).
Dumfries would create excellent competition for James should he make the switch to the top flight, and if the price is right, Potter should be pushing to get this deal over the line either in January or next summer.
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