Di Matteo rates Croatian.
Chelsea are interested in a shock move for Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka.
The versatile Croatian is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane after falling behind England’s Kyle Walker in the pecking order.
The European Champions have emerged as surprise suitors for the 26-year-old, with new boss Roberto Di Matteo believing he can provide much-needed competition at right-back and centre-half.
The Italian has been impressed with Corluka, who has been employed centrally during Croatia’s Euro 2012 campaign and is aware that the former Manchester City defender is unhappy in North London.
Corluka spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Leverkusen after failing to make a single league appearance for Spurs before January and last month, publicly questioned then manager Harry Redknapp’s lack of rotation.
If Corluka completes the move across London, he will likely be part of a trio of Croatian depatures from Spurs this summer. Niko Kranjcar has already joined Dynamo Kyiv, while Luka Modric is wanted by the world’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Spurs are unlikely to allow any players to leave before they appoint a new manager but have an abundance of young talent at right-back, including Walker, Kyle Naughton and England under-21 international Adam Smith.