Stamford Bridge outfit could move for Nicolas Burdisso after the sale of Ricardo Carvalho.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso following Ricardo Carvalho’s £6.7million move to Real Madrid.
Sportsmail understands that the Blues are keen on Benfica’s Brazil defender David Luiz, but a £27million price tag could lead them to look at other targets.
Reports in Italy suggest Carlo Ancelotti could return to Italy for 29-year-old Burdisso, and Inter technical director Marco Branca has added fuel to the fire by confirming there has been interest from England.
The Argentina defender’s agent insisted last week there had been no contact yet from Chelsea, but Branca said: ‘I can confirm that Burdisso has many admirers in England.’
Ancelotti deployed John Terry and Alex at the centre of his defence in Sunday’s 6-0 win against West Bromwich and also has Branislav Ivanovic to call on.
But the Stamford Bridge boss must decide whether to bring in a replacement for Carvalho, who was sold to Real last week or give opportunities to the likes of Michael Mancienne or Jeffrey Bruma.
Like Luiz, Burdisso is versatile enough to play anywhere along the back four. He had hoped to clinch a permanent move to Roma, where he spent last season on loan, but the clubs have failed to agree a fee. (Daily Mail)
This seems like a really smart move, Burdisso is a solid defender and would be a great addition to the Chelsea squad due to his versatility. He really impressed last season at Roma and they will be angered at missing out on his permanent signing.
For Chelsea, Burdisso would be able to provide cover at left-back, in central defence and at right-back, where Jose Bosingwa is yet to return to action.
If the signing is to go through, the club will still retain their interest in David Luiz, but may have to wait a while in order to meet Benfica’s valuation.