CHELSEA have ‘contacted’ Bayern Munich regarding a summer deal for Niklas Sule, according to reports.
The Blues are after a new defender in the summer, as boss Thomas Tuchel aims to strengthen his back line.
Sule, 25, has under 18 months remaining on his Bayern contract.
And due to financial restraints brought about by the pandemic, the burly German centre-back could be sacrificed at the end of the season.
According to Todo Fichajes , Tuchel is keen on acquiring his compatriot, and the Blues could shell out £26million for his signature.
They also claim that while boss Hansi Flick is ‘reluctant’ to sell Sule, other people within the club are ‘not satisfied’ with his ‘attitude’.
Chairman and club legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, however, isn’t one of them – and recently opened the door to handing Sule a new deal.
He said: “We want the good German national players at FC Bayern.
“Niklas still has one year of contract.
“We will hold talks and see where they lead. We will look at it seriously and calmly until the summer.
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“Corona [coronavirus] has also caused financial damage to FC Bayern.
“If we find a solution, we are generally happy to extend the contract, but that will only be possible under certain conditions.”
The 29-cap defender has impressed since joining Bayern in 2017, but has seen his career already blighted by two cruciate ligament ruptures.
Sustained in the 2014-15 season, the first saw him miss half of the campaign as he was making his name at Hoffenheim.
And the second, suffered in October 2019, ruled him out of 35 games last season, only returning to action in August for the delayed Champions League run-in.
Things have been brighter this time around, with Sule so far managing 25 appearances in all competitions for Flick’s side.
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