Tuchel plots defensive moves for Sule and Upamecano

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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is already looking to stamp his footballing identity on the Blues and has marked out some defensive targets in the summer.

This won’t come as good news for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich as their player and transfer target are involved. 

Tuchel is interested in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and will battle the Bavarian giants and Liverpool for the 22-year-old’s signature. The defender has a summer release clause worth £38million.

German publication Bild on Wednesday revealed that the German gaffer’s second target is Bayern’s Niklas Sule who also plays for Germany. 

Sule, 25, joined Bayern Munich in July 2017 as part of a double swoop on fellow Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, with Sebastian Rudy being the other acquisition.

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The defender comes with a towering presence at 6ft 5 and has been a key man at the Allianz Arena since he joined, whilst winning 29 caps for Germany in that time.

Upamecano is expected to leave RB Leipzig in the summer with the club already signing a replacement in Mohamad Simakan from Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg. He will make the move to Germany in the summer as Europe’s elite clubs will be battling it out for Upamecano.

Bayern’s interest in the defender has been disclosed by chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He also admitted that they face competition for his signature.

‘There are two quite attractive competitors besides Bayern Munich. You now have to wait and see how things develop,’ Rummenigge told Sky Sports.

‘The fact is that the player is interesting, of course. It is also a fact that we will lose at least David Alaba at this position. Whether we will have other departures at the position, I can not seriously predict at this point.’

Meanwhile, Alaba will be out of contract at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona.