How Chelsea could end up signing Bayern defender Sule this summer

Stefan Bienkowski
Sule: Could the defender swap Bayern for the Premier League next season?

Chelsea have been surprisingly quiet in the summer transfer window when we consider how much they did last year.

In what was a truly remarkable off-season that saw the club spend more than €200 million on players like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva, the Stamford Bridge side put their money where their mouth was and were rewarded with a Champions League trophy as a result.

However, this time around things have been very different. Not only have Chelsea not made any signings at all, but they’ve actually made a healthy profit on their transfer dealings after the sale of Fikayo Tomori and Victor Moses.

But is that about to change? Are Chelsea simply keeping their powder dry and waiting for the right moment to strike? When it comes to one defensive transfer target, that may be exactly what they’re doing.

Thomas Tuchel has been an admirer of Niklas Sule's for some time

Thomas Tuchel has been an admirer of Niklas Sule's for some time

Why Sule may join Chelsea this summer

One long-term transfert target that has been linked with a move to Chelsea since the start of the year is Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule.

The defender is currently valued at €32.2 million but is about to enter the final year of his contract, which could make things interesting for Chelsea.

As the Premier League side will know, the 25-year-old German international was overlooked for much of last season under Hansi Flick but is an impressive defender and could now play a role in Julian Nagelsmann’s team next season.

According to Kicker, Bayern are currently in negotiations with Sule with the specific intention of finding out “one way or another” what the player’s intentions are going forward - i.e whether he wants to commit his future to the club or will need to be sold this summer, rather than risk him leaving for free next year.

This is where Chelsea may look to strike. If Thomas Tuchel is keen on signing the defender, the English giants could try to entice Sule away from Munich and may even be able to sign the player for much less than the proposed €32m if he has no intention of renewing his deal.