Chelsea Target £30m Serie A Centre-Back

Stamford Bridge side chase AS Roma star.

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Chelsea are believed to have entered the race to sign AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia according to the Metro.

Man United and Tottenham are also apparently keen on the 27 year old French born Moroccan international, with Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal ready to make a bumper £30m bid for his services.

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The tough tackler had a standout campaign at the Stadio Olimpico last term with Rudi Garcia’s rock-solid defence key in their impressive second place finish in Serie A.

Jose Mourinho is apparently looking for a potential centre-back purchase despite the fact that he has a number of top quality talents in the position, including Blues veteran John Tery, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and youngster Kurt Zouma.

Benatia is apparently ready to push for an AS Roma exit if his demands for an improved contract are not heeded.

Chelsea have been shrewd operators in the summer transfer market with the outlay of £75m to bring in Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luiz more than covered by the sales of David Luiz, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku.

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