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Chelsea heighten their interest in Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle

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Chelsea has stepped up their pursuit of Niklas Süle, whose future at Bayern is in question at the moment.

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Per a new report from The Athletic, Chelsea is intensifying their interest in Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle. The defender has been linked with Thomas Tuchel’s club in the recent past and per the report, Tuchel is really keen on signing a center-back during the summer transfer window and Süle’s name is on the top of their shopping list.

From Chelsea’s perspective, they’re looking at Süle’s uncertain future at Bayern. His current contract at the club expires in June 2022 and there have not been contract extension talks yet between the center-back and Bayern’s front office.

Süle’s playing time could also be threatened by the summer arrival of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig and Lucas Hernandez’s current run of form. The preferred center-back pairing at Bayern next season could very well be Upamecano alongside Hernandez, regardless of who the manager is, assuming Hansi Flick is allowed to leave the club as he wishes to do so.

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Internally, Bayern has been focusing a lot of their attention lately to the tensions between Flick, Hasan Salihamidzic, and the club’s front office. It was reported that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge really wanted Flick to stay at Bayern, but Flick made his intentions clear publicly after Bayern’s 3-2 win at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. That’s on top of the fact that Bayern will definitely be losing David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez after this season concludes.

At Chelsea, Thiago Silva, who was a Frank Lampard signing, turns 37 in September and has yet to have his one-year option in his Chelsea contract triggered. His future at the club is in question and fellow defenders Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christiensen, and Cezar Azpilicueta have contracts expiring within the next twelve months. It’s uncertain what contract talks will yield for the quartet of defenders, none of whom where brought in by Tuchel since he arrived after the previous transfer window had closed. Regardless, the need for a top class center-back is imperative at Chelsea and for an estimated €34.8 million (£30 million), Süle could be the most feasible option for Tuchel, who knows the center-back well largely in part from his years managing both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.