Thursday 21 September 2017

Krasic top of Blues' hit-list as Villas-Boas eyes loan deal

Jason Burt

Chelsea are attempting to sign Milos Krasic from Juventus in the January transfer window as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka.

Krasic has been identified by manager Andre Villas-Boas as a key signing and the Portuguese is taking a personal interest in negotiations. Krasic usually plays as a right-winger, which would free Daniel Sturridge to move into the centre once Didier Drogba goes to the African Cup of Nations.

If Krasic is signed it will also push Florent Malouda even further out of contention.

Villas-Boas is proposing to take Krasic on loan until the end of the season after the 27-year-old fell out of favour with Juventus.

He has not played for the Italian club for two months and has only completed 90 minutes once this season, despite being one of the best players during the last campaign.

Although no longer wanted by Juve, the Italians are reluctant to sanction a temporary move and will hope to persuade them to agree a permanent switch.

Krasic's agent Dejan Joksimovic has confirmed Chelsea's interest but they are not the only club inquiring about him.

Villas-Boas is also bidding £7m to sign Bolton Wanderers' central defender Gary Cahill and it is believed that deal could be announced within hours of the transfer window opening on January 1.

The Chelsea manager is also pondering a move for Everton's Jack Rodwell (20), which would raise further questions over Frank Lampard's future, but is unlikely to want to pay £20m asking price. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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