Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Crystal Palace are all keeping tabs on Lyon defender Joachim Andersen, according to reports in the English media.
The Blues are believed to be considering the 25-year-old as a backup option if they miss out on other targets, with Lyon reportedly willing to sell the Danish international for £25m.
While Andersen did perform well during his time on loan at Fulham, supporters on Twitter think Chelsea will be targeting defenders of a much higher standard:
We are interested in everyone ?
This is definitely not true though
— ? (@_cfcsarah) July 10, 2021
Why sell tomori only to end up buying this dude
— spaghetti mafioso ? ? ?? (@justinmusic340) July 10, 2021
We don’t need him
— martins (@MartinsAkinola1) July 10, 2021
Pretty average, Christensen is so much better
— Colchaboy (@colchaboy) July 10, 2021
Literally not his fault looool
— Nicho ??⭐️⭐️ (@CFCIron) July 10, 2021
Eyyyy Christensen’s benchwarmer for Denmark
— ???? ?? (@upthechels_omar) July 10, 2021
— YOblue???? (@BlueFanCFC) July 10, 2021
Would even be the best danish centre back that plays for Chelsea, pointless signing
— Ja©k ⭐️⭐️ (@CarefreeJackk) July 10, 2021
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule have been the two other centre-backs who have been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks.
However, while those two players are undoubtedly better defenders, they would be expensive purchases and, with the Blues keen on signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, they may have to cut back on their spending elsewhere, meaning Andersen could be an option if Tuchel wants more depth in the centre of defence.