West Bromwich Albion are plotting a move to bring Trevoh Chalobah to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that West Brom are preparing a bid for the Chelsea midfielder in the coming weeks.
The report goes on to state that Thomas Tuchel’s side are prepared to part with the 22-year-old ahead of next season, with the former England U21 international having two years left to run on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
Considering just how much potential Chalobah appears to possess, as well as the fact that West Brom are incredibly short of options in the middle of the park ahead of next season, the fact that Valerien Ismael is believed to be interested in a move for the defensive midfielder this summer hardly comes as surprising news.
Indeed, over his 29 Ligue 1 appearances while on loan at FC Lorient last season, the £3.15m-rated 22-year-old made an average of 2.4 interceptions, 1.6 tackles, 1.9 clearances and won 5.2 duels per game.
Chalobah also impressed in an attacking capacity for the French side, scoring two goals, registering two assists and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.3 key passes and taking 0.5 shots per league fixture.
These returns saw the man Mark Hudson claimed has “so much potential” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.87, ranking him as Christophe Pelissier’s joint fourth-best performer in the top flight of French football, playing a key role in helping his side impressively avoid relegation from the division.
And, with Ismael currently only having Jake Livermore as an option as an out and out defensive midfielder, as well as just Romaine Sawyers and Alex Mowatt who can operate in central midfield, ahead of next season, the middle of the park is certainly an area in which the Frenchman will look to strengthen this summer.
As such, an Albion move for the £12k-per-week Chalobah appears to be a move that makes a great deal of sense for the Championship club, as well as the youngster being a talent it would seem very likely Ismael would love to get his hands on.