Transfer: Chelsea plot January move for Hoffenheim defender


Chelsea are reportedly plotting another move for Hoffenheim centre-back Niklas Sule. The Blues are said to have made an approach for the German over the summer but their proposal for the 21-year-old was unsuccessful that time.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is looking to bring in another central defender to add to his ranks as he aims to keep his side’s push for the Premier League title. However, they could face competition from Premier League rival Everton as it was rumoured that Everton gaffer Ronald Koeman’s scouts had been checking on the Germany international. German Champions Bayern Munich are also said to be interested in the defender.

Chelsea enquired about Sule in the last summer transfer window but were reportedly rejected by the defender as he chose to stay in Germany to continue his development.

Sule have made his debut for the Bundesliga outfit in 2013. The 21-year-old is already nearing 100 appearances in less than 3 seasons at the club. And his impressive performance for his club have also seen him receive a call-up for the national team earlier this year. He has made 12 appearances this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

The Blues have enjoyed a great deal of success with that system in recent games, winning their last seven consecutive Premier League matches since Antonio Conte changed to a 3-4-3 formation. And the Hoffenheim defender who has impressed as one of the top young players in the German top flight has the same experience of playing at the back which could have influenced Antonio Conte.

Chelsea have made defensive reinforcements one of their top preferences during the next two transfer windows as they prepare for the future without John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic who are both out of contract next summer.

Apart from Sule, the Blues are also linked with several defenders like Burnley’ s Michael Keane, Middlesbrough’s Gibson and Roma’s Rudiger, however, Conte reportedly has made the German his top target.