Chelsea Lead Race to Sign £17m German Defensive Rock

Stamford Bridge side chase Bundesliga star.

Chelsea are reportedly heading a strong list of interest parties beating a path to the door of Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes according to the Metro.

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The versatile 26 year old, who was part of Joachim Low’s World Cup winning squad, has publicly stated his desire to leave Schalke and talked up a possible Premier League move.

‘I owe Schalke a lot, I have had a great experience during my time here,’ he told Bild.

‘However, if I were to imagine moving abroad to experience a life in a foreign country, England would be my destination.’

Man United and Arsenal are known to be keen on Howedes but Chelsea lead the chase.

The £17m rated German international has represented Schalke since the age of 13 and it’s therefore perhaps not a huge surprise he’d be considering his options.

Howedes can play at full-back or as a centre-back and is an experienced no-nonsense performer of the highest order.

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