Chelsea Lead Chase for £14.5m Italian International to Add Strength In Depth to Blues Midfield

Stamford Bridge boss keen on Lazio midfielder.

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Chelsea are leading a crusade for Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma and will rampage their way to Rome with a €17 million bid for him.

Carlo Ancelotti is watching Ledesma, who was recently called up to the Italy national squad, earning his first cap in the friendly against Romania last month.

Leggo claims Ancelotti has spoken with Roman Abramovich and asked him to sustain a January move. Ledesma is viewed as an alternative to cover for midfield injuries. (

Chelsea may well need to strengthen their midfield but one wonders if Carlo Ancelotti would sign a player aged 28 given that he appears keen to reverse the ageing nature of his Stamford Bridge squad and with that in mind an outlay of £14.5m would seem an odd move for the Blues boss to make, regardless of the form shown by the Lazio man.

The Argentine born Italian international has been a mainstay at the Stadio Olimpico over the past five seasons and has been a big part of the great start to the season for the Rome side.

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