Presnel Kimpembe

CHELSEA face further rejection with transfer target Presnel Kimpembe reportedly deciding to stay at PSG this summer.

PSG were said to be open to selling the 26-year-old this summer, with the Ligue 1 winners wanting £42million for his services.

Chelsea showed a keen interest in the defender, reportedly calling him directly.

Kimbembe also suggested he would be open to a move, stating in an interview with RMC Sport: “I’m waiting to meet with the new management with regard to the club’s project. We’ll have to speak very soon.”

The French international added: “I think it’s legitimate to ask my club about the future project and what role I am going to be given.”

Chelsea and at least one other club have reportedly had bids rejected by the French side.

Having previously worked with Kimpembe as manager of PSG, Thomas Tuchel must have thought the defender would have made a good fit to his side.

The news comes just days after Barcelona snatched Blues target Joules Kounde in a deal worth £51m.

Chelsea were also in pursuit of Real Madrid’s Eder Militao. However, the 24-year-old has reaffirmed his commitment to the Champions of Europe.

It’s been a dismal week for Chelsea fans who may be feeling the pressure following the departure of Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona.

Worse still, captain Cesar Azpilicueta could also be on the move this summer, with Barcelona reportedly close to securing a deal.

With just nine days until the start of the Premier League season, Blues supporters will be hoping they can sign a central defender imminently.

Wesley Fofana appears to be their latest target, with the London side reportedly plotting a swoop for the Leicester man. The 21-year-old has recently signed a bumper-contract with his side, but Tuchel remains interested.

Chelsea have already secured the £34m signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli

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