ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has claimed that Chelsea should not make a move for Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels in the January transfer window.
The Germany international has been strongly linked with a move away from Allianz Arena last summer.
BREAKING: According to Bild, Mats Hummels wants to leave Bayern and could go in January. Hummels’ agent Marc Kosicke was in London recently to prepare for a possible transfer to the Premier League. Chelsea and Tottenham are favourites. pic.twitter.com/83G4p2d8qo
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Manchester United have expressed interest in the 30-year-old but he eventually opted to stay at the Bundesliga champions.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are being linked with a January move for the former Man City centre-back but Nicol claims the defender ‘doesn’t have the legs anymore’.
“He doesn’t have the legs anymore,” former Liverpool full-back Nicol told ESPN FC.
“He doesn’t make as good decisions anymore, there’s no way that he fits in the Premier League for any team, never mind Chelsea.”
And former Chelsea left-back Scott Minto has also claimed that Maurizio Sarri side should bring in a new centre-back in January.
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“I don’t think there’s a lot they can do in January,” Minto told Starsport.
“Because the type of player that would have to improve Chelsea just doesn’t come around in the January window.”
“Obviously in defence, the jury’s still out on whether David Luiz can play in a back four.”
“I thought he did very well under [Antonio] Conte in a back three and even though that was a back three, there were times where there was one-on-one defending or his decision making was excellent, and if he can transfer that mentality into playing in a back four then he’s the best ball-playing centre-half in the world.”
“But you need a defender who can defend and what we saw against Spurs just wasn’t good enough. So maybe [they need to sign] a centre-back.”