Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann has refused to rule out the prospect of centre-back Niklas Sule being allowed to leave the club this summer.
The German central-defender, who has been on Bayern’s books since 2017 following a move from Hoffenheim, is now into the final year of his current deal and Bayern may look to cash-in on him to avoid the prospect of losing him for free in next summer’s transfer window.
Chelsea, who are yet to make their first signing of this summer’s transfer window, have been closely linked with a summer move for Sule over the last few months and could make a move for him in order to bolster their central-defensive options.
With Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all out-of-contract themselves next summer, Chelsea may see it as a necessity to add a new centre-back to their ranks this summer.
In Sule, they may not get a better option, with Nagelsmann refusing to rule out the prospect that he could be sold before the end of this summer’s window.
“I think it’s important to be completely transparent with the players,” Nagelsmann said, as quoted by the Metro.
“The players also need to understand the club’s perspective concerning the contractual situation.
“Niki’s contract expires next year and his last season was not especially happy.
“But he also has everything that a world-class central defender needs and that shouldn’t be forgotten.”
Admittedly, Sule is a fantastic central-defender and would bolster any clubs’ options at the back. However, the 2020/21 campaign proved to be disappointing for him as he made just 33 appearances in all competitions, with injuries playing a key factor.
However, although Nagelsmann has refused to rule out the possibility of Sule being sold this summer, he has also hinted that he could still have a future at Bayern.
“If he has the insight to work on his deficits and now is getting a coach who has known him since the U16 team, I’m confident that he will get his engine revving again,’ Nagelsmann admitted.
“I’ve already talked to him about that. He knows he has to do something.
“But I think very, very highly of him.”
Sule, who is currently valued at £31.5million according to transfermarkt, has been linked with Chelsea for several months, suggesting that he is someone who is deep in head coach Thomas Tuchel’s thoughts for when it comes to bolstering the centre-back role.
Source by Football London