Man Utd swap deal downplayed as Bayern Munich make Chelsea star their ‘priority’ target

Ben Stewart
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (left) and Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah in action
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (left) and Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah in action

Bayern Munich’s interest in Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has been downplayed as the German club are targeting a Chelsea star instead.

Plenty of deals are expected to go through in the coming days as we now approach the end of the summer transfer window.

It recently came to light that Bayern Munich are interested in McTominay and a potential swap deal involving Ryan Gravenberch was even mentioned.

The German club are after a new holding midfielder and Gravenberch has been a target for plenty of Premier League clubs this summer.

However, this transfer link has been downplayed by The Telegraph as they suggest Thomas Tuchel is focused on a deal for Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah instead.

The report explains that sources close to Bayern Munich have ‘played down’ suggestions that Tuchel wants to sign McTominay.

Man Utd are said to be looking for around £45m for the Scottish midfielder, but they would likely have to drop this price in order to get him off the books.

It is then claimed that Chalobah is Tuchel’s ‘priority’ signing as Bayern Munich are looking to sign the Chelsea defender on a permanent basis.

The defender is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2028 and so Chelsea should be able to command a decent transfer fee.

Of course, Tuchel will know Chalobah well from his time at Chelsea and the German coach is now keen on a reunion with his former player.

Along with Bayern Munich, Inter Milan have also been linked with the Chelsea defender this summer.

The defender spoke to Sky Sports in Milan earlier this summer and gave an open-ended answer when quizzed on his future.

“Obviously you don’t know what the future holds,” Chalobah explained. “I played in France as well when I went on loan there, played in England and you never know.

“When you play in a new destination it is something for a player to experience. You don’t know what the future holds. Italy is a nice country and the Italian league is very good as well.

“You don’t know what the future holds. I’m still a Chelsea player and focused on Chelsea but you never know what the future holds. I like it here in Italy, the weather is good, the people are nice, the food is good and I’m enjoying my time here.”

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