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Chelsea ‘interested’ in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann — report

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...but why?

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It’s taken a little bit, but we’re finally getting some expected transfer rumors linking current head coach Thomas Tuchel with players from his previous clubs. We had PSG’s Kays Ruiz-Atil yesterday. Today, it’s Jonas Hoffman’s turn.

Versatile midfielder Hoffman is currently at Borussia Mönchengladbach, but he’s rumored to be part of the expected mass exodus this summer in the wake of head coach Marco Rose leaving the club for Borussia Dortmund. Hoffman, who played for BVB from 2011 to 2015 under Klopp then Tuchel, has already made “contact” with the latter about potentially reconnecting this summer, according to a report from Bild (via Daily Mail).

Although Hofmann only worked with Tuchel for about eighteen months, first during an injury-hit 2014-15 season while on loan at Mainz, then during the first half of the 2015-16 season back at Dortmund, the report would have us believe that the midfielder made quite an impression during those 18 total appearances.

In fairness, since joining Gladbach in January 2016, the 28-year-old has become a key player for the team, scoring 20 goals and adding 30 assists in 141 matches, and even making his international debut with Germany last year.

While veteran midfield depth shouldn’t be high on the transfer priority list, and we have more than enough up and coming players from the Academy and the Loan Army to fill any vacancies, Hofmann would apparently be available for a bargain £14m transfer fee. With Chelsea reverting to something much closer to a win-now policy this season (RIP Youth Revolution), it’s not inconceivable that we’d go after someone like Sidwell Jarosik Smertin Drinkwater Hofmann.