Chelsea renewed interest in 21-year-old Ligue 1 midfielder

Most of the talk about the London giants’ summer plans have been centred around finding someone to vastly improve their attacking game, but they still need to find a dominant midfielder who can shield the back four.

N’Golo Kante is at his best when he’s allowed to go and press the ball and make interceptions, while Kovacic is a nice all-round midfielder but he’s not excellent in the defensive phase.

It does mean that it’s a position that needs to be improved in the summer, and a report has indicated that Monaco’s youngster Aurelien Tchouameni has a “huge admirer” in the London club.

Aurelien’s been praised for bossing the midfield in games this campaign from his defensive midfield role so he sounds like an ideal target, but the same could be said of Tiemoue Bakayoko when he moved to Chelsea from Monaco a few years ago.

Tchouameni is still only 21 so he’s got plenty of time to grow, while he’s excelling in a formation that uses a back three so that could also appeal to the German coach after he’s favoured that formation since coming to England.

He’s likely to be expensive but Monaco do tend to sell their star footballers if the price is right, so he’s an interesting name to look out for as we approach the summer.

Despite the raft of attacking options at his disposal, meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel is yet to settle on a first choice line leader and with doubts over the futures of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, there is likely to be a ready-made spot for Haaland to fill at London club as the focal point of a new-look front-line.