Thomas Tuchel reviews Chelsea's 4-0 win against Juventus
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Chelsea would have to convince Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo to move to Stamford Bridge because he is currently happy at the Nou Camp, according to reports. Chelsea are claimed to be interested in signing Uruguay international Araujo. The centre-back could step into the shoes of one of four Blues defenders who are out of contract next summer.
Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta sees his deal expire at the end of the season.
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are in the same position, as is the experienced Thiago Silva.
It would be unlikely that Chelsea would let all four players leave on a free transfer.
However, it also would be surprising to see the quartet all put pen to paper on new deals at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea held a strong interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde in the summer.
But they were not willing to match the La Liga club’s asking price.
Kounde remains a target for Chelsea but Araujo’s name can now be added to the mix.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo says the player’s agent has received interesting offers from the Premier League.
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And the one club that is named is Chelsea.
Araujo, 22, has made 13 appearances for Barca so far this season.
His contract at the Nou Camp expires in the summer of 2022.
But Mundo Deportivo says Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would have a tough task getting Araujo out of Spain.
The defender is happy at Barca and his first daughter was born in the city last month.
Barca will look to enter contract negotiations with Araujo soon as he is viewed as the long-term replacement for Gerard Pique.
Meanwhile, Tuchel spoke about the future of Rudiger earlier this week.
The Germany defender has reached a deadlock in negotiations over a new contract.
But Tuchel is hopeful of keeping the 28-year-old beyond this season.
“He’s been outstanding from the first day to now. I hope it stays like this,” Tuchel said of Rudiger.
“Everybody wants him to stay, it’s clear and he knows it but sometimes there is a delay in these things and there is obviously a delay.
“It can happen these days but it does not affect his mentality, it doesn’t affect his quality, it doesn’t affect his behaviour.
“He is fully committed to Chelsea right now and I am absolutely sure he feels the trust, respect and love from the club and spectators.
“He knows what he has here, a fantastic club, fantastic league. He’s a competitor.
“We’ll have a bit of patience and hopefully a happy end.”
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