According to sources at Goal, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is interested in bringing in Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos during the summer and the club are monitoring his situation closely.
The Greek centre-half joined Dortmund from Werder Bremen for what Goal reported to be a £8.4M fee in 2013 and has been a regular feature in the German side’s backline during his time at the club, making 155 appearances in all competitions.
Last season, the 29-year-old made 26 starts in the Bundesliga under the now-departed Thomas Tuchel, yet, despite this, the defender is rumoured to be unsettled.
Following Dortmund’s must-win final league fixture of the season against Eintracht Frankfurt, which clinched qualification for the Champions league, Sokratis that his future at Dortmund was far from certain. Goal quote Sokratis, who reveals:
“If you’re young, you have a lot of time to win things, but I’m not young any more, time is getting shorter and I really want to win a title.”
Hoping to avoid the mistakes made following the 2014/15 league title win, Chelsea look to be attempting to get their business in the transfer market done early and Goal believe a move for Sokratis in the coming weeks could be on the cards.
Although Chelsea will be seeing the return of Andreas Christensen, if Goal are to be believed, Conte still appears to be in the market for a new centre-back.