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Chelsea encouraged to bid for Lens fullback Jonathan Clauss

Chelsea are being encouraged to bid for Lens fullback Jonathan Clauss.

It's emerged Chelsea scouted Clauss 50 times over the past season and they see him as a replacement for wantaway captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Lens have already prepared to lose Clauss by bringing in fellow fullback Jimmy Cabot from Angers.

Chelsea are expected to continue operating with a 3-4-3 system next season and manager Thomas Tuchel wants some additional cover and competition for Reece James at right wing-back.

The Daily Express says while expressing their interest in a deal, Chelsea are yet to totally commit to signing the player.

Lens are understood to be looking for between £8.5million and £10m in order to agree to a sale but they are more than prepared to do business, following the capture of Cabot.

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