Chelsea are interested in Presnel Kimpembe, but their pursuit could have repercussions for Arsenal

Chelsea are continuing their pursuit of PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe in a deal that could prove to be a catalyst for affecting other club’s transfer business this summer, including Arsenal. The Blues are hoping to add at least one more central defender to their squad, with Thomas Tuchel keen for a reunion with his former player.

The German has already signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in a £33million deal after the Senegalese joined up with the squad on their USA tour. And he is determined to make another high-profile signing with France international Kimpembe, who is rated at around £50m by his club PSG.

Tuchel managed Kimpembe during his two-and-a-half-year spell at the Parc des Princes, where Kimpembe became an important part of the PSG squad. The left-footed centre-back has made 221 appearances for the French champions and is considered an important member of the backline, but new coach Christophe Galtier indicated he would not stand in his way if their valuation was met.

Reports suggest Chelsea are locked in negotiations with the Parisian outfit in an attempt to drive down the price for the defender, who turns 27 next month. Jules Kounde remains a target for the Blues should they fail to seal a deal, although it is not ruled out that the west London club could capture both players, which would take their spending to over £150m.

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