In a recent report, L’Equipe revealed that Chelsea are showing interest in Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe this summer. It is understood that the France international is facing an uncertain future in Paris, following the arrival of Sergio Ramos earlier this summer, which could open the door for the Blues to land him in this off-season (via L’Equipe).
Kimpembe’s Solid Run Of Form In French Football
Kimpembe enjoyed an impressive campaign at Parc des Princes after putting in several dominant defensive displays for PSG over the past 12 months. The 25-year-old received seven yellow cards in 40 appearances for the French giants last season on all fronts.
The talented central defender gave a good account of himself by averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 2.1 clearances per 90 minutes in Ligue 1 football. He even distributed possession with a lot of conviction from the back as he made 95% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).
The way Kimpembe has been playing last season, it is no surprise that the reigning European champions are keen on bringing him to Stamford Bridge during this summer transfer window. The Frenchman has what it takes to be a success story in the Premier League as long as he can make a smooth transition to English football.
What Will The France International Bring To Stamford Bridge?
Kimpembe has proven himself to be a decent defender inside his half as he can time his tackles well to secure possession back for his team. He is often quick to react to the danger and can make some timely clearances to bail his teammates out at the back when needed.
Standing at 1.89m, the French defensive ace can use his strength to dominate the opposition in the air. He is even proficient at playing his way out from the back and hardly gives away the ball when interchanging possession with his teammates.
A defender of Kimpembe’s quality will be a fantastic acquisition for the Blues as he will enhance the quality of Thomas Tuchel’s first-team considerably ahead of the new campaign. The 20-time France is already good enough to rival Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, César Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen for a place in the Chelsea starting XI next season.
At 25, Kimpembe’s best years are ahead of him, so Tuchel might fancy making the most out of his talents in the coming seasons if he can lure him to the English capital this summer. The PSG star ticks all the right boxes in terms of what it takes to be a success story in English football and will undoubtedly bring a lot of bite and steel to Tuchel’s defensive department which will help the West London giants grind out positive results more often and challenge for the league title over the next few years.
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