Defensive overhaul at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea are looking to shake up their defence by putting right-back Jose Bosingwa up for sale and targeting £15 million centre-half Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid.
The Premier League champions are also closely tracking Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel, who would cost around £18 million. They are considering him as Bosingwa’s replacement although no deal is likely until the summer unless they can sell the Portuguese this month.
Chelsea are also interested in 19-year-old Belgian striker Kevin de Bruyne but have not yet entered into negotiations with his club, Genk, and would balk at the suggestions being made that the youth international would cost up to £10 million. There is, however, a vacancy expected in the Chelsea squad with the Italian striker Fabio Borini, 19, set to join Parma once he has proved his fitness.
The first-team priority for Chelsea, with Alex out injured until next month at least, is, however, a central defender and Godin may prove a more realistic and cheaper target than either David Luiz — manager Carlo Ancelotti’s No 1 choice — or Bolton’s Gary Cahill. (Daily Telegraph)
Though recently short of confidence, Chelsea possess a fantastic first XI.
The trouble at Stamford Bridge is that their backup is now almost solely made up of youth players.
Carlo Ancelotti has been reluctant to put his faith in the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Josh McEachran and Jeffrey Bruma on a regular basis in the Premier League, and they will be gradually eased in.
However, with Jose Bosingwa looking less and less promising than the player first signed by Chelsea, he has now been deemed surplus to requirements – as has Paulo Ferreira.
Gregory van der Wiel could solve that problem, and departing sporting director Frank Arnesen recently said, “Gregory is on our number one list.”
The Ajax man capable of filling in at centre back should he be needed, and with Branislav Ivanovic also able to play both roles, Chelsea will be well covered in that position.
With Diego Godin set to come in, the defensive woes that have plagued the side this season due in part to injury could finally be resolved.