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Media Watch: Chelsea linked to Sane, Merson praises Saul signing and Mainz sporting director hails Tuchel

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is talk about the Blues and a Bundesliga player while Paul Merson labels Saul Niguez as the perfect signing.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Blues eyeing Sane

Chelsea are reportedly interested in Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane.

According to the Express, Thomas Tuchel is an admirer of the player and could potentially make a move for the German winger in January.

‘Tuchel is a fan of the Germany international but already has an abundance of brilliant players,’ the report states. ’The winger has had a tough time since completing his move to Bavaria from Manchester City in 2020.

‘It has led to talk that Sane could be back in the Premier League very soon and Chelsea have been linked.’

The former City attacker made 40 appearances last season, scoring 10 goals and picking 12 assists.

Merson hails Saul

Paul Merson believes the loan signing of Saul Niguez is perfect for the club.

Writing in his column in the Daily Star, the former Arsenal midfielder praised Thomas Tuchel’s options in the middle of the pitch.

‘Chelsea now have the midfield dreams are made of after getting Saul on deadline day,’ Merson said. ‘What a phenomenal signing that is.

‘He’s in his prime. He’s just won La Liga and you get him on loan. That is amazing.’

The midfielder has 16 caps for Spain and was a key player for Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. The football pundit also praised the rest of the Blues’ midfielders ahead of the exciting Premier League season.

‘Chelsea already have three great midfielders in N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic,’ Merson added. ‘Saul is the fourth.

‘They are going to need him. They are going deep in every competition this season.’

Mainz sporting director on Tuchel’s rise

Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel says he is not shocked Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has become a successful coach.

Speaking to Goal, Heidel revealed how pleased he was when Tuchel won the Champions League in May.

‘I was very happy for him,’ he said. ‘But I always predicted that Tuchel would be one of the best coaches in the world.

‘It was not a big surprise for me, but he has arrived where he belongs.’

Heidel was also at Mainz during Jurgen Klopp’s time at the club, however, the sporting director does not take credit for the two managers’ successes.

‘I am proud of Klopp and Tuchel, not me,’ Heidel added. ‘I’m just happy about the path they’ve taken and that it started in Mainz.’

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