Chelsea are in contention to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s 21-year-old midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, but face a strong competition from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Liverpool – reports the Guardian.
The Blues of the London and the German giants have a good history amongst each other as the players like Thorgan Hazard and Andreas Christensen have crossed path, therefore, they might have an upper hand in the speculation this time around.
Furthermore, the Syrian-born German international is out of contract with the German side in the summer of 2018 and has denied to any talks of extending his contract, hence, the Borussia park outfit are ready to sell him in the summer so that they could make a small-scale profit from his sale.
Besides all of it, was reported by the in the last summer – by Guardian itself – that Gladbach rejected a €40 million bid for the player from the French powerhouse PSG and an unnamed English club, but the club were unwilling to sell him as they sold Granit Xhaka to Arsenal at the time.
A young and dynamic midfielder, Dahoud scored five goals and nine assists last season and this made his name in the industry.
Even though the sources have claimed that the player has already agreed to join Borussia Dortmund for around €10 million, it is believed that his representatives have also held talks with Chelsea.
Talking a bit about Chelsea, they certainly need a box-to-box midfielder, as Cesc Fabregas is certain to the leave the club and that will Chelsea with N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic as the only senior midfielders, hence, targeting a midfielder like Dahoud makes sense.
It is now clear that they won’t be able to coup the valuation of anything near to €40 million, as he will be out of contract in 2018 and also, he is ready to leave the club. Certainly a big blow to the Germans. While this may be the thing, we can also expect Liverpool to make a last ditch attempt to sign the 21-year-old, as he was a serious target for Jurgen Klopp in the past summer.
The midfielder, who was selected for Joachim Löw’s Euro 2016 squad and ran an average of 13 km per game last season (the second highest in the league), has suffered a huge blow this season as his side are sitting 1oth on the table and the prospect of European football seems a distant dream.