Chelsea are planning moves for Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal and Valencia centre-half Aymen Abdennour, according to various reports on Friday.
The right-back has made just 14 appearances for Los Blancos this season, with summer signing Danilo emerging as the preferred choice for new manager Zinedine Zidane.
According to Fichajes, Chelsea have been monitoring Carvajal’s situation at the Bernabeu and want to step up talks with Real before the transfer window shuts.
However, with just four days remaining until the window slams shut, Chelsea are content on waiting until the summer to land the 24-year-old if their negotiations with Real stall this month.
Carvajal returned to Real in 2013 after a short spell at Bayer Leverkusen and was a regular under Carlo Ancelotti.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly asked Valencia to name their price for Abdennour, amid fears Gary Cahill wants to leave Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are set to wrap up a deal for New York Red Bulls’ Matt Miazga, but are also tracking the Tunisian according to The Times. The 26-year-old only joined the Spanish outfit last summer, but has struggled to make an impact.
Chelsea’s usually stingy defence has been unusually porous this season, conceding 34 goals in 23 Premier League games.
John Terry’s advancing years coupled with poor form from others has caused them trouble at the back.