Chelsea are hoping to beat English Premier League rivals Manchester United to the signing of Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet according to Metro.
The 22-year-old former French youth international defender only moved to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium 17 months ago but the player has received rave reviews for his performances for Sevilla, particularly in European competition.
It has now been reported that English top flight heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester United are keen to acquire the services of the tough tackling defender. United are believed to have made an offer for the player, however, it is now thought that representatives from Stamford Bridge have also made contact with Lenglet’s agent.
The centre-back has an automatic release clause of around £31 million written into his contract, a fee which is significantly lower than many of Chelsea’s other defensive transfer targets.
Lenglet came through the youth ranks at French club Nancy and he was a Ligue 2 promotion winner with the club in 2015/2016. The defender joined Sevilla in January 2017 for a transfer fee of less than £5 million and his career with The Red and Whites has gone from strength-to-strength.
Chelsea are looking for defensive reinforcements after conceding far too many soft goals during the 2017/2018 campaign. The club are yet to find a long term replacement for veteran defender John Terry who left the club last summer.