Bristol Live have reported via their transfer live blog (May 31st, 18:15) that Bristol City remain locked in talks over a permanent deal for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has made no secret of the fact that he would be very happy to bring defender Tomas Kalas back to the club on a permanent basis next season, after his loan spell came to an end upon the final game of the season. Speaking in May, he said:

“I’d love to sign Tomas. We’re in a host of a number of clubs after Tomas. He’s a quality player and that doesn’t come cheap.”

Now, it has been said by Bristol Live that despite Johnson’s fears of being potentially priced out of a move for Kalas, the Czech Republic international is within the club’s price range. They are also willing to shell out on big wages to make Kalas their top paid player at Ashton Gate. The Robins are hoping that the relationship between Kalas and the club can help them in their efforts to bring him back to the club this summer.

Kalas enjoyed a thoroughly successful spell at Ashton Gate this season, playing in a total of 41 games across all competitions. He formed a strong centre-back partnership with Robins star Adam Webster, also playing frequently alongside Jake Wright when Lee Johnson utilised a three at the back system.

Bristol City fans will be keeping a close eye out for developments in their pursuit of Kalas. Transfer news has already emerged from Ashton Gate this weekend, with striker Mo Eisa making a move to Peterborough United.