Stamford Bridge side target young French pair.
Chelsea are readying moves to sign two French youngsters in the January transfer window and according to the Daily Express the moves will cost the Stamford Bridge side a hefty sum.
Jose Mourinho is no doubt keen to strengthen his squad and put a stamp on the playing staff he inherited from Rafa Benitez in the summer. The Blues boss is keen on Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula and Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, two players who have become much sought after in recent months.
Marseille midfielder Imbula has impressed since breaking into the first team set-up following his move to the Stade Velodrome from Guingamp and Arsenal are also said to be keen on the French Under 21 international.
FC Porto’s Mangala is similarly coveted following a rock solid season at the Estadio Dragao last term which saw the 22 year old help the club to a domestic title having conceded just 14 goals in 30 Primeira Liga fixtures.
Mourinho has apparently decided to give up on Juventus’s Paul Pogba after being told it would take £40m to land the former Man United man.
Though moves for this pair would prove cheaper neither player is thought to be available ‘on the cheap’ with Imbula valued at £25m by Marseille, while Mangala has a £37m release clause.
Mourinho may see Mangala as a long term replacement for John Terry battler Imbula could offer the Chelsea manager an alternative defensive midfield option to the likes of John Obi Mikel or Michael Essien.