Chelsea leading the pack for Torino center-back Gleison Bremer


Chelsea in ‘pole position’ to land Torino star in January

Chelsea close on Torino center-back

Premier League title contender Chelsea could be set to add quality to the back three under Thomas Tuchel after the Blues have taken pole position in a potential deal for Torino center-back Gleison Bremer.

The Metro cited a report in Italian outlet Tuttosport claiming that Bremer was linked with heavy interest from the Premier League in recent weeks, drawing attention from Liverpool, Tottenham, and West Ham but with Chelsea now in the lead to secure his services.

Reported interest from Chelsea surfaced a little less than a week ago given their need to find reinforcements in the backline at Stamford Bridge amid uncertainty across a number of first-team assets.

Both Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen have yet to sign new deals while veteran Brazilian defender Thiago Silva looks set to leave the club when his contract runs down in west London. That would leave Chelsea with just Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr available under Tuchel, so it should come as no surprise that the Blues have targeted a January move at the heart of the defense.

Blues falling away in Premier League title race

Despite their blistering start to the 2021-22 Premier League campaign that had many labeling Chelsea the early favorite to top the league come the end of the season, Chelsea has fallen away in the race to the top spot behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

While Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp look unstoppable at the minute, Thomas Tuchel’s ravaged Blues squad have dropped points in three of their last six fixtures in the league (3-2-1) while both City and the Reds have managed to win their last six on the spin at the very least.

Chelsea in ‘pole position’ to land Torino star in JanuaryChelsea in ‘pole position’ to land Torino star in January

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Jarrad Braithwaite of Everton scores their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on December 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The absence of key members of the first-team has not helped matters at Stamford Bridge, and the recent 1-1 draw against Everton was highlighted by Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, and Callum Hudson-Odoi were all unfit for service against the Toffees.

There is still plenty of time for Chelsea to reignite their title credentials as they only sit four points adrift of City at the top, but matters must be rectified soon.


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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 17 35 40
3 Chelsea FC 17 27 37
4 Arsenal FC 17 1 29
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 -1 24
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 17 -19 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5



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