Chelsea Target Stoke City Defender Ryan Shawcross

Stamford Bridge side keen on Britannia Stadium centre-back.

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Sky Sports today link Chelsea with interest in Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, who is apparently now become a target of a number of Premier League sides.

The 25 year old centre-back has seen his steady Potters form rewarded with an England call-up but one would have to wonder why Chelsea would be taking an interest in the former Man United man.

Some may feel that Shawcross could be considered as a potential signing to act as a long term replacement for John Terry but clearly Roberto Di Matteo has a number of other talented centre-backs to call upon.

The likes of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic are all on hand to offer solid options to the Stamford Bridge boss and are arguably all better defenders than the Stoke City man. Di Matteo may also have hopes that youngsters Sam Hutchinson and Jeffrey Bruma could make the step up to the first team squad.

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