If one could ask Paris Saint-Germain left back Layvin Kurzawa what he expected from last week, a new contract from the Ligue 1 champions who looked ready to release him in eight days was perhaps the last thing. And yet the one-year extension offer came through, to the shock of the player, his representatives, and the media.
While Kurzawa, who has been serving as the backup to Juan Bernat and was tentatively linked with Chelsea, is now utilising his bargaining power try to double his salary, Porto left back and (previous) PSG target Alex Telles is not too happy with the situation. According to a report from Portuguese newspaper Record (via Sport Witness), Telles’ representatives were “surprised” by Kurzawa reports, having already made plans for Telles to join the party in Paris.
However it appears that PSG’s owners have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis — which isn’t too surprising given how oil and gas prices fell in international markets since their peaks in January 2020 and November 2019, respectively; and the plunge in demand and supply in a year-on-year basis — and they do not want to make any expensive purchases this summer.
Therefore Chelsea have emerged (again and again and again) as potential suitors for the 27-year-old Brazil international. While Chelsea are supposedly targeting Ben Chilwell at the position, the Leicester left back may not be available at a reasonable fee. Should we fail in that pursuit, Telles just might finally realize his long-standing Chelsea dreams.