CHELSEA have reportedly opened talks with Wolfsburg star Maxence Lacroix’s representatives.
Thomas Tuchel has worked wonders to tighten up the West London side’s defence since taking charge in January.
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However, the German seems intent on bolstering the backline even further over the summer transfer window.
He has already been linked with a number of centre-backs, including Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos.
Now reports back in Tuchel’s homeland state they have registered a strong interest in Lacroix and are speaking to his representatives over a potential switch.
Chelsea have been scouring the market for cheaper alternatives to Varane and the 21-year-old has caught the eye with a number of commanding Bundesliga displays.
Wolfsburg are desperate to keep hold of their star but today’s report claims they could be tempted into selling should they receive an offer of around £26m.
The French star is tied down at Wolfsburg until 2024 but recently rejected an offer of an extension at the Volkswagen Arena.
Meanwhile, former England and United defender Rio Ferdinand believes there is only one centre-back that the Premier League big boys should be going for.
He said on his Vibe with Five YouTube show: “If any team is in the market for a centre-back, right now, out of the top teams, with the finances, Marquinhos is the only place I’m going.
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“Big-game player. Every big game you see that guy play he turns up.
“Fit as you like, quick, robust, hardened, battle-hardened, understands the big-game environments.
“Top, top player, great attitude, leader, got it all.
“If I’m looking for a centre-back of experience who can take me to the next level, he’s the one I’m going for.”
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