The Blues are prepared to overcome League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City for Bayer Leverkusen star Benjamin Henrichs.
The West London outfit has struggled in a rather torturous campaign under manager Antonio Conte this season and sits fifth on the Premier League table unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season. The only hope of silverware lies on an FA Cup final against Manchester United later this month but Chelsea is keen on revamping their squad for next term.
Chelsea is targeting bolstering their full-back areas after Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses have been quite dreadful defensively. And Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen has a promising young talent in the form of Benjamin Henrichs that has attracted a lot of interest from top suitors across the continent including the two Manchester giants.
Henrichs is just 21 years old which means he is lively, alert and blessed with pace, his showings for Leverkusen on the right-hand side of defense have been impressive, to say the least. United are also looking at the wing-back as Mourinho cannot rely on the aging duo of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young in the long-term.
Blues Winning the Race-
In a report published by the Sun, Chelsea is currently front-runners to swoop in for Henrichs and pay-out the German’s release clause which is valued around £31 million. His market value suggests that Leverkusen rate Henrichs very highly and is unwilling to let him leave the BayArena for cheap. Henrichs is also versatile and can operate on the left-hand side of defense as well.
Although Henrichs has not been a regular starter for Leverkusen, his outings with the German club have earned him a spot in the national team competing with Joshua Kimmich for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Chelsea really needs some defensive re-enforcements in their wing-back areas as the club have leaked way too many unnecessary goals. Henrichs may not be a starter ahead of Moses and Alonso permanently as he may have to adapt to the Premier League but he could reduce the workload and pressure on the two Chelsea wing-backs.