Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reportedly drawn up a four-man centre-back shortlist as he looks beyond priority signing Erling Haaland.
The Premier League side will freshen up their backline as Tuchel looks to stamp his mark on the squad this summer.
According to a report from Goal, the Blues will look to jump the queue to land David Alaba on a free transfer – despite claims the 28-year-old Bayern Munich defender is determined to join either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Alaba's team-mate Niklas Sule, 25, is also said to be a target, with the Germany international able to play right-back as well as centre-half – making him a potential successor to 31-year-old Azpilicueta.
RB Leipzig's 21-year-old centre-back Ibrahim Konate is another on the shortlist, which would have included his team-mate Dayot Upamecano as well before he agreed a deal with Bayern.
And the fourth defender in Chelsea's sights is said to be Jose Gimenez – although Atletico Madrid are expected to insist on the 26-year-old's £103 million release clause being met in full.
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