Badiashile moves to top of Chelsea wish list

With the opening of the January transfer window approaching, there is plenty of gossip about who is moving to where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Chelsea set up January deal for Monaco starlet Badiashile

Chelsea are looking to bolster their defense in the new year, and despite long-standing interest in RB Leipzig centre-back and World Cup star Josko Gvardiol, the Athletic report that Benoit Badiashile from AS Monaco who have climbed to the top of the Blues’ wish list.

The 21-year-old France international can play in a back four or on the left of a three-man defence, and the two clubs are said to be in talks over a deal which could be finalized in January. The Principality club are commanding a transfer fee of €35 million to allow Badiashile to move to West London.

Badiashile, who has been in Monaco’s system since 2016, has made 135 appearances for the club in all competitions and has been a regular since 2018-19. The 6-foot-4 defender has particularly impressed this season with his ability on the ball and in one-on-one situations.

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Chelsea have been monitoring the player’s situation since the summer, despite being regularly linked with a move for Guardiol. Badiashile is said to be a priority at Stamford Bridge, ahead of the likes of the 23-year-old Evan Ndicka from Eintracht Frankfurt and 20 years old Piero Hincapie from Bayer Leverkusen.


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