Chelsea’s rebuilding will step up a gear this month as they look to make two signings, in addition to the expected arrivals of Gary Cahill and Milos Krasic.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is trying to revitalise a stale squad by bringing in Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta and ‘The Russian Messi’ Alan Dzegoev valued at €14.4M
Chelsea have needed a stable right-back for years, despite solid performances from Branislav Ivanovic and it seems the West Londoners will test Marseille’s resolve with a bid of around £12million for Azpilicueta.
After moving to Marseilles 18 months ago, the Spanish Under-21 international initially struggled but has begun to flourish in French football. He is known for being an attacking full-back with a Rory-Delap-style long throw.
An even more exciting prospect could be young CSKA Moscow winger Dzagoev, who would cost close to £18million and has been scouted for months by Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Sir Alex Ferguson made an enquiry for the 21 year-old last summer but CSKA were unwilling to negotiate and Dzagoev himself recently cast doubt over a move to England saying:
“My dreams have now changed. I am more drawn to a warmer climate [like] Italy or Spain.”
This hasn’t put Villas-Boas off though, with Dzagoev confessing to being a Chelsea fan and his contract ending in the summer, AVB will hope to open talks with CSKA this month.
Meanwhile, contract talks between Chelsea and Bolton defender Cahill have started to move forward after the England international initially asked for £120,000 a week.
It is thought a deal of closer to £85,000 will be agreed soon, despite rumours of a late swoop from Manchester United.
The future of Juventus winger Krasic will also be sorted out in the next week or so after his agent revealed he is set for showdown talks with club director Giuseppe Marotta.
His agent said: “In the next few days, Milos will talk to Marotta to understand what the club plans for him – Offer him another chance, sell him or loan him out.
“There are big clubs interested in him like Chelsea, Inter Milan and now Tottenham and Fenerbache.”
Although Krasic is reluctant to move to England he apparently realises that an impressive loan stint in the Premier League could greatly further his career.
All in all it looks like being a busy transfer window at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea look to close the gap on the two Manchester clubs and Tottenham.
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