Chelsea plan £22m swoop for want-away defender – report

Date published: Friday 19th August 2016 8:51

Ricardo Rodriguez: Emerges on Chelsea radar

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly wanting to strengthen his Blues defence and is a keen admirer of Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez.

The 23-year-old Swiss international was linked with Arsenal earlier in the summer, but fresh reports have emerged from the Daily Mirror that the Blues are now at the front of the queue to sign him.

Cesar Azpilicueta is Chelsea’s only recognised left-back in the first team at Stamford Bridge and with Rodriguez expressing his desire to leave the Bundesliga outfit, Blues officials are hopeful of concluding a quick deal.

Cologne’s Jonas Hector is also said to be a reported target. However, the German international only signed a new contract last week and Chelsea would have to pay significantly more than Rodriguez’s valuation to prise him away from his homeland.

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