Chelsea started talks with 28-year-old South American defender

The London giants have enquired about the availability of Gustavo Gomez in the upcoming summer transfer window. It appears Chelsea has harboured quite an interest in the Palmeiras defender, who is best known for his plaudits with the national team.

Although Paraguay international has played the majority of his footballing career in South America, he was, for a time, a member of the Milan squad, when he joined the club in 2016. Gomez was even involved in 16 Serie A games in 2016/17 season, but never really managed to make an impact.

As a result, Gustavo was sent out on to Palmeiras in 2018, with the Brazilian club eventually securing his services permanently last summer, for a fee of only €2m. It has turned out to be a massive bargain, as the 28-year-old has proven to be a defensive lynchpin for Palmeiras, forming a solid partnership alongside Luan Teixeira and Renan Silva last year.

The Paraguayan defender has also starred for the national team, especially in the early stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying season. His formidable understanding with Junior Alonso and Fabian Balbuena were, in fact, vital in helping his country stay sturdy at the back, losing only once in the first six games.

Gustavo Gomez’s contributions have not gone unnoticed it looks, with the Blues now mulling over a move for the Palmeiras defender. It is an interesting option from the German manager, but perhaps not a surprising one, as Thomas Tuchel needs to be creative in the current state of the transfer market.

Chelsea have been linked with a variety of star performers in Europe, including Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix and Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi.