Chelsea could make a last-minute move to sign Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.
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Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Phillips said:
“Chelsea wanted James Garner, but he looks like he’s close to Everton at the moment, but I’m not going to rule out a surprise name from nowhere.
“Tielemans at Leicester is one that I was told about a few weeks ago but I didn’t really report because it was just whispers. But that could come up because he’s available and he’s a centre midfielder.
“So, that’s definitely one to watch in the final stages of the transfer window, but I can see Chelsea pushing for a new midfielder, purely because of all the injuries.”
One to watch
With 25-year-old Tielemans now in the final fray of his contract at Leicester City, the club will no doubt feel a certain pressure to offload him whilst they can still recoup a somewhat decent fee for him.
And with Chelsea lacking midfield depth, amidst an injury crisis in the centre of the pitch, the Belgium international could well follow in the steps of Wesley Fofana and switch the King Power for the Bridge.
There is no doubt that Tielemans would shine under Tuchel and has the technical type of profile that the club look for when recruiting.
Tielemans’ ability on the ball is just one of his many attributes that makes him a sure-fire option for the Chelsea boss, with his 3.16 shot-creating actions an indicator of his ability to progress play directly at a time when Chelsea are massively lacking in creativity.
His impact at Chelsea would be welcomed by all, especially by new-recruit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who would benefit from his average of 6.17 passes into the final third.
At a potentially cut-price fee, this is an asset that Chelsea should snap up without a second thought on the matter.