Chelsea do not want to lose another defender.
The Blues, led by German boss Thomas Tuchel, have seen multiple defensive players move on in recent times.
First-team regulars Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen departed Stamford Bridge at the end of last season after both centre-backs failed to extend their contracts.
Keen to avoid a situation whereby he is left lacking options for his backline, according to a recent report from Nizaar Kinsella, Tuchel is not willing to allow Malang Sarr to join fellow Londoners Fulham until he has replaced the former Nice defender.
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 1, 2022
Sarr, 23, spent the 2020-21 season out on loan with Porto and although he was retained last campaign, after making just eight appearances in the Premier League, it is clear the 23-year-old is still some way off being a first-team regular.
Failure to secure a move this summer, on loan or permanently, could see Sarr’s career stagnate even further, and that is something no fan would want to see.
Although there is still a lot of work to be done, according to Fabrizio Romano, one defender the Blues are keen on bringing in before the end of the window, is Leicester City’s, Wesley Fofana.