Manchester City have ‘genuine interest’ in Ben Chilwell as Chelsea prepare for ‘mass clearout’
He scored on his return to the King Power on Saturday.
Manchester City are reportedly considering a move for England and Chelsea left-back, Ben Chilwell, with the possibility of a summer swoop already on the cards.
According to a report by The Athletic‘s Simon Johnson, City have “genuine interest” in signing the former Leicester fullback and Champions League winner, and the move could even happen as early as the summer transfer window as Chelsea are apparently considering a massive clearout.
As Johnson goes on to explain, the West London side are prepared to put as many as 12 players on the chopping block as new manager Graham Potter and still relatively new owner Todd Boehly look to assemble a team capable of bringing them some rhythm and stability.
So far, while Boehly’s financing has seen the club go on a massive shopping spree, they are still yet to gain any consistency when it comes to results and are now left with a very bloated squad, including several unhappy players. Ben Chilwell appears to be one of them.
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Beyond his numerous injury setbacks, Chilwell is said to be unhappy with his position at the club and if rumours are to be believed, he has been since October 2021 at the very least.
Moreover, even following Marcos Alonso’s departure, the 26-year-old has still found himself as second choice at Chelsea after Potter brought former Brighton wing-back Marc Cucurella along with him.
From a City perspective, the move would make sense in terms of replacing the recently loaned out João Cancelo, but the reigning Premier League champions do have the likes of Sergio Gomez, versatile youngster Rico Lewis, as well as a variety of centre-backs who have all been filling in at left-back.
However, were the signing to materialise, it would certainly make Cancelo’s potential return to the club even more complicated, with the Portuguese star already said to be “frustrated” over a lack of game time at Bayern Munich.
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