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Chelsea: Blues hold Denzel Dumfries talks as agent travels to London

Chelsea: Blues hold Denzel Dumfries talks as agent travels to London -Chelsea Transfer Rumours

Chelsea have held talks over signing Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries amid his agent travelling to London, according to reports.

The Lowdown: Dumfries in demand…

The Netherlands international, who featured under Louis van Gaal at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has been a man in demand for Premier League clubs, including Graham Potter‘s side.

Reports have claimed that both Tottenham and Chelsea have been keeping an eye on Dumfries heading into the January transfer window, with links emerging as far back as November.

The 26-year-old, who can play as a right-back and further upfield as a winger, is set to attract even more interest from Todd Boehly and the Chelsea board, with talks being held according to journalist Simon Phillips.

The Latest: Chelsea hold Dumfries talks as agent dispatched…

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the reporter claims that Chelsea have spoken to Inter over signing Dumfries as they hold negotiations.

It’s added that the Dutchman’s representative has even travelled to London, speaking to a variety of clubs including Chelsea as the west Londoners consider further additions for Potter.

Phillips explained: “With Dumfries, I believe his agent has been in London this week speaking to a number of clubs. One of them has been Chelsea, but he’s got a lot of interested clubs. Chelsea have spoken to Inter about a potential deal.”

The Verdict: Exciting player…

The Netherlands wing-back would be a versatile and capable alternative to Reece James, and we believe that he could be a brilliant Stamford Bridge, depending on the price.

According to WhoScored, Dumfries has averaged a similar rate of key passes per 90 in the final third domestically compared to James and has also registered one more assist than the Englishman.

While the latter hasn’t played as much of late due to injury, this could be a good indicator that the Dutch defender could rotate with the Chelsea favourite and provide Potter with real strength in depth. Dumfries has also been called a ‘very exciting’ and ‘effective‘ full-back by members of the Italian media.

However, while the Dutchman’s quality is evident, one caveat to this potential deal may well be Inter’s lofty price tag.

Reports claim that the Nerazzurri will demand around €60m (£53m) for Dumfries’ signature, a valuation that we’re sure Chelsea will want to whittle down given that they have already spent more than £400m on new players since Boehly’s takeover last year.

Of course, with the need to take Financial Fair Play rules into consideration, it will be interesting to see if the Blues can indeed pull off this move.

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