Chelsea keen on Bosnia defender.
Chelsea are weighing up a move for Bosnia midfielder Senad Lulic, according to sources in Italy.
Lulic, 26, made his name in Switzerland before joining Lazio from Young Boys in a £2.6m deal last year.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful maiden campaign in Serie A, with his performances helping Lazio to secure a top-four finish for the first time in five seasons.
He has continued his good form this term and Chelsea are thought to have upped their interest in the midfielder, whose current contract expires in 2016.
Several European clubs are also tracking Lulic but the European champions are leading the race for his services
Chelsea’s interest in Lazio utility man Senad Lulic could well be linked to the European Champions’ high-profile refusal to hand a new contract to England defender Ashley Cole.
Although Lulic is often described as a midfielder, he is equally comfortable at left-back and has spent most of this season in defence for the Serie A giants, bombing up the left flank whenever possible. The 26-year-old also regularly features at full-back for Bosnia and Herzegovina, although he has also played further up the pitch or even in central midfield.
While the European Champions are likely to pursue a specialist left-back next summer if Cole does m0ve on when the transfer window reopens, Lulic could well act as a decent deputy from January onwards, before moving into midfield next season.
Not unlike Alexander Kolarov at Man City, Bosnian Lulic loves a shot and is certainly a more cavalier defender than England stalwart Cole.
Roberto Di Matteo seems to have been given a brief at Stamford Bridge to create a “total-football” side, with attacking full-backs and pacey wingers and even the once-cautious Branislav Ivanovic has been haring up the flank from right-back this season.
If the Italian is keen to bring in an attack-minded replacement for Cole, Lulic could well be the perfect man for the job.
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