For the past week or so, reports coming out of Portugal explained Thomas Tuchel is keen on signing Julian Weigl and Chelsea have made contact with the Benfica player’s representatives.

It was also explained the Primeira Liga side will need €30m to sanction the midfielder’s sale in the summer.

The 25-year-old played under the Blues manager when the two were at Borussia Dortmund.

Claims made in the Portuguese press about Chelsea as a suitor for the Germany international have been relayed by Foot Mercato.

Benfica finished third in the table last season and it’s claimed the Eagles are planning to make changes to their midfield.

Jorge Jesus would like to retain the former BVB man, but is aware ‘nothing is certain’ due to the interest he’s garnered from elsewhere.

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Apart from the Blues, another unknown club in the Premier League and the Bundesliga appreciates Weigl’s profile. In addition to this, a ‘big French club’ have also joined the race for the player.

Foot Mercato’s report is written by Santi Aouna and the journalist took to Twitter to provide additional information. He states Chelsea, Valencia and Inter Milan are ‘interested’ in Weigl, who ‘could leave’ Benfica this summer.