Chelsea to battle AC Milan, Leipzig to sign a wonderkid from Serie A
Marina Granovskaia has been told how much Chelsea FC would have to pay to secure the signing of a world-class player who is just 20 years of age.
According to Football.london, Gianluca di Marzio has revealed what it would take for Chelsea to sign Mohamed Simakan.
The 20-year-old has been an ever-present for Strasbourg this season. He could be on the move this month with the Blues keeping a keen eye on proceedings. (h/t Chelsea FC)
Simakan was offered to Chelsea last summer. However, he stayed put in Ligue 1. The youngster’s situation has also drawn attention from RB Leipzig and AC Milan. (h/t Football.london)
Chelsea were offered Mohamed Simakan in the summer
The defender is currently in talks with Leipzig and Milan. The latter had an €18m offer rejected by Strasbourg. It included an initial €15m with €3m in bonuses. It is believed that an €18m bid plus €2m in bonuses would be enough. (h/t Football.london)
Strasbourg are ready to sell the player given the fall out of the financial crisis brought upon by COVID-19. With the Blues keen to bring in a defender, Simakan is a promising prospect available at a decent price.
With the likes of Thiago Silva not getting any younger, the Blues will need to bring in another defender sooner than later.
Chelsea have brought in a number of defensive recruitments from Ligue 1
With the futures of Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, and Fikayo Tomori all far from certain, an overhaul of the backline could be in order in the coming windows.
The French top flight has been a favoured source of recruitment for the club’s defensive stars last summer. The likes of Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy, and Malang Sarr all arrived at the Bridge from across the channel.
Whether Simakan will join them or not remains to be seen.
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Simakan has been at Strasbourg since 2017, eventually making his first-team debut in July 2019. Since then, he has grown into a regular member of the team, racking up 42 appearances so far.