Even though we’re still to see convincing claims from the Portuguese media regarding Chelsea’s pursuit for Benfica midfielder Julian Weigl, some local reports sound quite confident that the move could happen this summer.
The sports section of newspaper Correio da Manhã today has a first page a story saying the sale of the German player could help the Eagles fund the signings of Al Musrati and William Carvalho to replace him.
And when speaking of the clubs who could sign Weigl, there’s only a mention for Chelsea, with the article saying he’s in the Blues’ ‘thoughts’ for the transfer window.
It’s once again claimed that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is a ‘self-confessed admirer’ of the midfielder, having previously worked with him at Borussia Dortmund.
Weigl is well protected by Benfica with a contract running until 2024 and a release clause of €100m. According to the report, the Eagles will accept to sell him for at least €30m.
And ‘in case the English side accept to pay that amount’, then the Lisbon club will use it to buy the two replacements they have in mind.