Chelsea to Battle Arsenal for Highly Rated £15m Centre Back

Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Ajax defender to Stamford Bridge but must beat Emirates manager Arsene Wenger to the punch.

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Carlo Ancelotti will move for Ajax centre back Jan Vertonghen in January as the Chelsea boss looks to strengthen his defensive options due to injury concerns over captain John Terry and Brazilian defender Alex. The Stamford Bridge boss has stated publicly his intention to sign cover for his back line and has earmarked a move for the 23 year old.

Ajax boss Martin Jol will be loathed to lose the highly rated Belgian international but financial problems at the Amsterdam club will dictate that he must sell at least one of his big names and he may deem the loss of Vertonghen a more viable option over losing the likes of Luis Suarez, Maarten Stekelenburg or Gregory van der Wiel, all of whom have been heavily linked with a move away from the Eredivisie side.

Chelsea will battle Arsenal for his signature as Arsene Wenger has been tracking the powerfully build defender and Ajax will be hoping that a bidding war ensues so as to maximise the offer for the £15m rated Vertonghen who can also play very effectively as a defensive midfielder.

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