Chelsea set to make approach for 29-year-old Ligue 1 full-back

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are reportedly interested in securing the services of Lens defender Jonathan Clauss in the summer.

For a large part of his football career, the 29-year-old defender has not been on the radar of many top-flight teams across Europe, the wide player playing second tier football in Germany as recently as 2019-20.

However, Clauss’s career has progressed rapidly since making his first Ligue 1 game at the age of 28, starring as Lens became main contenders for the European places.

In his two years at Lens, Clauss has arguably been the best wing-back in the division, founding back of the net eight times and provided 17 assists from that role.

International recognition has followed with France, Clauss earning four national caps since being provided with his France debut in March of this year.

Although Lens would naturally like to retain the services of their vital player, just one year left on his current deal and the player himself will almost certainly want to take on a new challenge.

According to transfer expert Ekrem Konur, Atletico and Chelsea are both contemplating whether to launch a move for the player over the coming weeks.

Despite Clauss following to turn 30 years of age in September, there is a feeling that his addition this summer would represent value for money.

La Voix du Nord reports that Lens are willing to do business for a fee in the region of £8.6m, that figure naturally attracting interest from elsewhere.