Chelsea see Hugo Mallo as replacement for veteran full-back.
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Highly-rated Celta Vigo full-back Hugo Mallo has appeared as a surprise target for Chelsea.
The Spanish U-19 international has attracted rave reviews from his performances in the Segunda Division for Celta this season, so much so that a number of La Liga sides are also monitoring the situation.
Chelsea face competition from Getafe, Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna if they are to move for the promising youngster, and may look to use their January marquee signing Fernando Torres as bait to tempt to the young Spaniard to Stamford Bridge, who is a known admirer of their newly acquired front man.
Blues owner and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has dusted off the chequebook in recent months to pave the way for a number of exciting new signings in a bid to freshen up an ageing Chelsea squad.
Source: Daily Mirror
Another sign of Roman Abramovich’s new transfer policy.
The Russian billionaire has seen the success Manchester United have had in spending money on young players with vast potential and Hugo Malla fits the bill perfectly.
Paulo Ferreira, 32, is part of the over 30s brigade attracting a lot of criticism of Chelsea of late and Carlo Ancelotti is happy to let him ago after signing Jose Bosingwa on a new long-term deal.
Ancelotti sees Malla as a long-term replacement for Bosingwa, and with Ivanovic also in the right-back mix, Chelsea will feel strong about that position.