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Chelsea make contact with Ligue 1 defender ahead of swoop

Samuel UmtitiddChelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are discussing reports that they’ve made a move to bolster their defensive ranks, with Antonio Conte looking to rebuild the Blues.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo state Chelsea are rivalling Barcelona with interest in Lyon defender Samuel Umiti, who’s expected to be on the move this summer as a host of big clubs are eyeing his services.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has excelled at left-back for Lyon, but he’s also capable of playing in the centre, and Chelsea are said to have contacted the player’s agent ahead of a potential swoop.

However, the Blues may find it difficult as just last week Umtiti talked up the possibility of a move to Barcelona.

“Barcelona is a club where every player wants to play. But I have a contract with Lyon as everyone knows and as we have done this season, the option to go to Barcelona is not present.”

Our landlord believes the lack of Champions League football will be the undoing for Chelsea, as other interested parties can offer that chance.

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