Manchester City ‘remain firmly interested in Ben Chilwell’ amid doubts over his Chelsea future… with left-back ‘one of six players who could be part of Blues’ summer clear-out’
- Chelsea could sell six players this summer as they attempt to reduce squad size
- Left-back Ben Chilwell has two years remaining on his contract in west London
- City boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the English defender and could pounce
Manchester City are interested in signing Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell ahead of a summer exodus by the Blues this summer.
Chilwell has endured another injury-hit season at Stamford Bridge and only recently played his way back into the starting XI.
Pep Guardiola attempted to sign the the 26-year-old in 2020 before he sealed a £50million move to west London from Leicester.
And the reigning Premier League champions may return for Chilwell, who could be sold by Chelsea according to The Athletic.
The England international is one of six players who could be moved on by the Blues in their attempts to reduce Graham Potter’s big squad.
Manchester City are interested in signing Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell this summer
Pep Guardiola attempted to sign the the 26-year-old in 2020 before he moved to west London
Mason Mount (R) and Christian Pulisic (L) are a number of players who could be sold
Chelsea are also looking to balance the books having spent over £500million on players since Todd Boehly’s takeover last summer.
Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mateo Kovacic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all have a year remaining on their contracts and Chelsea will do their best to sell them if there are doubts over them extending.
Chilwell has two years remaining on his deal but the club is aware his value could depreciate as times passes.
After scoring against former club Leicester on Saturday, he told Chelsea’s Fifth Stand app: ‘I love the way the fans got behind us. They have done all season, it’s been a difficult season but they’ve stuck with us and to hear them singing that song (won the European Cup) the whole game was nice for me, (it) gave me a little boost.’
Meanwhile, Manchester City look certain to be on the market for a left-back this summer after reports suggested Joao Cancelo fell out with Guardiola before sealing a loan move to Bayern Munich in January.
Nathan Ake has filled in for the Portugal international but despite his impressive performances, the Dutchman’s strongest position is centre-back.