Stamford Bridge side must beat off interest from Russia big spenders.
Chelsea will battle Russian big spenders Anzhi and London rivals Tottenham in a race to sign Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia according to talkSPORT.
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Anzhi apparently lead te chase to sign the 25 year old and given that the Russian transfer window is open until February 24th there seems every chance that a move could be completed before Premier League sides can even get involved in any sort of negotiation.
The Dagestan-based side are set to offer £12.8m for the Moroccan international, who has impressed since his move to Udinese back in 2010.
The tough tackling centre-back failed to make the grade at Marseille but re-ignited his career at Ligue 2 Clermont before a move to Italy put him on the football map.
Chelsea may feel the need to strengthen their central defensive options given John Terry’s age and a move for Benatia could be a wise way of beefing up the club’s options at the back.
Benatia has made 80 appearances for Udinese since moving to the Italian top tier in the summer of 2010.