Already getting his system to stick in England, Thomas Tuchel has enjoyed a very good start to his time at Chelsea.
Landing on his feet at Stamford Bridge a few weeks after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain, the German manager already has the Blues back in a Champions League slot as well as managing to get Timo Werner to find the back of the net.
Having to deal with Frank Lampard’s decisions until the next transfer window, Tuchel will have ideas of his own, which could include the arrival of a new midfielder.
According to Il Milanista, the German manager ‘dreams of’ Milan’s Franck Kessiè, who has impressed under Stefano Pioli.
While he might be expensive, Chelsea have a bargaining chip of their own in Fikayo Tomori.
The defender is currently on loan in Milan, and there is an option for the Serie A side to make it permanent at around €25-28m depending on who you believe.
That’s a lot of money for them, and should he continue to play at the level he has in his early appearances, the Italians could ask for a discount, which ‘wouldn’t enthuse the Blues’.
However, they could ask for someone in return, as Tuchel ‘would be favourable to selling the centre-back on the condition that Milan put on the table the transfer of Franck Kessiè’.
With Milan valuing the Ivory Coast international at around €40m, you would be looking at Tomori and €15m or so for a deal.
However, that’s a ‘difficult operation’, especially with how important the midfielder is to Pioli’s plans.
We’ll have to wait and see, and it could all come down to whether or not Kessiè, whose contract runs out in 2022, wants to renew or not.
If he doesn’t, then Milan might be forced to sell in the summer for fear of seeing him leave on a free the following year.