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Chelsea, Manchester United ‘initiate contact’ for Arsenal-linked Edmond Tapsoba — report

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A new name on the wish-list

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Edmond Tapsoba is rated as one of the best young centre backs in the world, so it was only a matter of time before he got linked with Chelsea, and other big teams around Europe. Arsenal were one of the first in that regard, and they have keen interest according to the Athletic, but they also have little chance of actually signing the 22-year-old after finishing out of all the European positions in the Premier League, even the newfangled Europa Conference League ones.

So, according to Sport BILD (via Sport Witness), Chelsea and Manchester United have now joined the party, and both the clubs are said to have “initiated contact” for the Burkina Faso international.

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Tapsoba has a contract until 2026 at Bayer, but the amount of interest in him means that it will be difficult for them to hold on to him — either this summer or certainly the next, when Chelsea would supposedly try again should nothing materialize this year.

Tapsoba burst onto the Bundesliga scene this season after signing from Vitoria Guimaraes in January 2020. He hardly missed a minute this season outside of a brief absence due to COVID-19.

His reported asking price stands at a gargantuan €60m-€70m, or roughly twice what Real Madrid are now supposedly asking for Raphael Varane after the latest round of rumors.