Stamford Bridge side set to bring in Serie A star.
Chelsea are reportedly ‘set to sign’ AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Banatia according to the Daily Star.
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This source claims that Jose Mourinho is looking to replace David Luiz, who left for PSG, though it’s worth noting that Blues boss most frequently used the Brazilian in a defensive midfield role.
The move is set to cost the Stamford Bridge side £30m and will further strengthen the Blues defence with Mourinho alreayd being able to call-upon veteran John Terry, England man Gary Cahill, adaptable defender Branislav Ivanovic and youngster Kurt Zouma to fill central defensive roles.
Benatia had a standout debut campaign as the Stadio Olimpico, playing a key role in AS Roma’s strong defensive set-up, securing the move to the Italian capital after three solid campaigns at Udinese.
In order to bring in Benatia Jose Mourinho must look to sell a foreign player so as to not exceed their quota under Premier League guidelines, with keeper Petr Cech and enforcer John Obi Mikel said to be likely exit bound stars.