Chelsea are thought to be keen on signing Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries to add depth to the position, but head coach Graham Potter may be wary of being dealt a snub by the Netherlands star. The 26-year-old is understood to be on the Blues boss’ transfer shortlist as he looks to add reinforcements to his squad in January.
Backed by the financial power of American billionaire Todd Boehly and hedge fund Clearlake Capital, the west London outfit are keen on bringing Dumfries to Stamford Bridge as Potter looks to make his mark on the squad. Club officials have reportedly made ‘soundings’ to the player’s representatives about a move to the English capital.
Gazzetta dello Sport report Inter are ready to demand around £50million (€60m) for their first-choice wing-back as they hope to ward off any interested parties. However, they are open to a sale due to the financial situation at the club.
Only 18 months ago, the defender appeared to be close to joining Everton after starring at the Euro 2020 tournament with the Netherlands. However, the right-back opted to join from PSV Eindhoven in a deal worth £20m, replacing Achraf Hakimi after the Moroccan joined Paris Saint-Germain.
The Blues also purchased Cesare Casadei from the Serie A giants for £15m earlier this summer.
They would have confidence in agreeing a deal for Dumfries depending on Potter’s interest, having sent scouts to run the rule over him earlier this season. It has been a problem area for the club since James was sidelined, with Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all deputising in the position.
But even with negotiations likely to be easier than under the previous regime, it may be difficult to reach a deal that all parties are satisfied with. Inter value the Dutchman at £50m due to his importance to the team and such a fee may be difficult to justify when Reece James is weeks away from returning from injury.
There is also interest in another star at the World Cup in Qatar, Ecuador’s Piero Hincapie, after starring for the South American nation. And with a smaller price tag, he may prove to be a cheaper alternative if Dumfries spurns a move to England.