Chelsea in contention to sign Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Dahoud

Mahmoud Dahoud was a previous target of Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp

Mahmoud Dahoud of Mönchengladbach. Along with Chelsea, Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are said to be looking at the highly-rated Germany midfielder. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

Mahmoud Dahoud of Mönchengladbach. Along with Chelsea, Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are said to be looking at the highly-rated Germany midfielder. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

 

Chelsea are in contention to sign Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer but face competition from a host of leading European sides, including Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus for the highly-rated Germany midfielder.

Dahoud (21) is out of contract at Gladbach next summer, and has refused to sign an extension, with the German side understood to be prepared to sell him at the end of the season. Despite reports in Germany on Friday that he has already agreed to join Dortmund for around €10 million, it is believed the midfielder’s representatives have also held talks with other clubs, including Chelsea, in the last few weeks as they seek to negotiate his transfer.

Antonio Conte’s side have been in the market for a box-to-box midfielder for several months having also made inquiries for Atalanta’s Ivorian international Franck Kessie in January, but Dahoud would also fit the bill for the Premier League leaders.

However, they face serious competition from Dortmund, with PSG and Juventus also in the frame for a player who has already won six caps for his adopted country and is expected to make his decision about where to move in the coming weeks.

Liverpool had also expressed an interest in a player who was born in Syria but moved to Germany before his first birthday, with Jürgen Klopp having failed with an attempt to sign him last summer because Gladbach were unwilling to allow him to leave after selling Granit Xhaka to Arsenal. It now appears that interest has faded, although it remains to be seen whether Liverpool still make a last-ditch attempt to lure him to Anfield.

Youth levels

He scored five goals and registered nine assists last season and ran an average of 13km a match, the second highest in the Bundesliga, but has endured a more testing campaign this season as Gladbach have struggled in the lower half of the table.

Meanwhile, Conte is optimistic Diego Costa will stay at Chelsea, but says the striker’s future will be addressed at the end of the season. Costa, Chelsea’s top scorer with 15 goals this term, was last month linked with a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League.

Speculation soon subsided, and more recent reports have suggested Costa is nearing an extension to his Chelsea contract, which has two years to run come the summer.

“I don’t know about this situation,” said Conte, speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Wolves. “I think now it’s very important to be focused on the present and not to look so far forward. At the end of the season we will see the situation.”

Confident

One striker who is nearing a Chelsea exit is Dominic Solanke. The 19-year-old has reportedly demanded £50,000 a week in wages.

“I think this is his will [to leave],” said Conte. “I have spoken with him to try to understand his will. But we must have great respect for every decision that the player can take. His contract expires in June, and he has the full will to stay in Chelsea or to go away.” Guardian service

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