SHOCKING NEWS: Coming from Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are close to signing OGC Nice star defender after the player rejected a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Pochettino is not satisfied with his current defensive options and could now look to swoop for the France international. Plotting by Chelsea to steal Jean-Clair Todibo as the Spurs move falls through.


Mauricio Pochettino, the Chelsea manager, aims to fortify his team in the January transfer window, reportedly eyeing a standout defender for Stamford Bridge.

Known for their active involvement in transfers, Chelsea is maintaining this trend in their pursuit of improvements following a challenging start to the English top-flight campaign. Speculations are rife about potential arrivals in West London during this window, with Girona’s Artem Dovbyk emerging as a notable target. The Blues seek to introduce a new forward to challenge Nicolas Jackson for starting positions in offensive roles, as outlined by Footballwave.

Pochettino has directed scouts to observe the Ukrainian player in recent weeks, expressing a preference for Dovbyk’s physical attributes, aiming to add strength to the team’s attacking lineup, especially with Jackson heading to the African Cup of Nations. Nevertheless, contrary to rumors, Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke isn’t on the radar for a sensational return to Chelsea in January, refuted by journalist Si Phillips.

Navigating the January window is notoriously complex as clubs seek to maximize their players’ value mid-season. Despite this, Chelsea has shifted focus to securing a defender, possibly willing to make significant investments to secure their services despite competition from other clubs, as per reports.

Jean-Clair Todibo of OGC Nice has caught Chelsea’s attention, with reports from Foot Mercato indicating their readiness to pursue the defender. Todibo has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Pochettino’s dissatisfaction with the current defensive options fuels Chelsea’s interest in the French international, previously praised as “superb” by talent scout Jacek Kulig. The delay in Manchester United’s move could benefit Chelsea, even though they continue monitoring Todibo closely.

Chelsea might gain an advantage in their pursuit of the 24-year-old due to a potential move to Spurs collapsing, leading Tottenham to target Genoa’s Radu Dragusin instead. This could clear the path for Todibo’s potential move to London, a player who has contributed one assist in 14 appearances this campaign, as per statistics from Transfermarket.

The ongoing speculation around Todibo potentially joining the Premier League intensifies the storyline, although the final destination remains uncertain.

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