Chelsea have joined the race for fearsome French forward Martin Terrier at the request of head coach Graham Potter, according to a report from his native country.
Terrier has established himself as one of Ligue 1’s most dangerous attackers over the past couple of seasons. In 2021-22, he scored 21 goals in 37 top-flight matches for Rennes. This season, he has set off with eight goals from 13 games in the competition.
Still awaiting a senior debut for France, there were calls for the 25-year-old to go to the World Cup, but he even missed out on their preliminary squad.
Rennes know the value of their asset, though, and several clubs in the Premier League are beginning to take note. Recently, he was linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds.
Now, Jeunes Footeux has added Chelsea into contention for Terrier’s signature. According to the French outlet, Graham Potter has asked their board for another attacker in January and the Rennes man is someone he appreciates.
Despite this, the report reminds Chelsea that they will have to bring out the “heavy artillery” to sign him. Rennes are hoping for a fee of at least €50million (around £43.6million) before they consider letting go of Terrier.
His contract with them is due to run until 2026 after he agreed to an extension back in August. Hence, they are not under any immediate pressure in particular.
However, Chelsea are a financially strong club and their new owners have been willing to spend already. An investment in the €50million region does not necessarily scare them.
The fact that, at 25 years old, Chelsea would be investing in Terrier’s prime years would also make the move appealing for them.
Leandro Trossard still a Martin Terrier alternative
That said, the report suggests there could be easier options available to them on the market. For instance, Potter may want Leandro Trossard to follow him from Brighton to Chelsea. This deal would be easier, since he is out of contract at the end of the season.
Both Trossard and Terrier are versatile options, which is why Potter likes them. If there is only room for one in January, though, perhaps his former Brighton colleague will be easier to get.
In the long term, there might be nothing to stop Chelsea buying both players. Their project for Potter will take time to construct and there will be several transfer links along the way.
Signing someone of Terrier’s ability will be a battle due to the competition for his services. Chelsea are among the elite clubs in contention, though, so it will be interesting to see what his future holds.
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