Antonio Conte’s Chelsea set to rival Man City in the transfer race for 25-year-old Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam during the January transfer window according to the Transfermarketweb reports.
Chelsea isn’t exactly short of quality on the defensive end. However, Italian manager seems to be a huge admirer of Algerian defender and wants to sign him as a replacement for Azpilicuetta or Marcos Alonso.
Since taking in charge at Stamford Bridge Antonio Conte’ has been linked with new wing-back, with Ghoulam the latest to catch the Italian’s eye and now Manchester City set to join them in the race for his siganture.
Pep Guardiola planning to replace Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov after a disappointing season so far, and Ghulam seems to be an ideal candidate, according to Transfermarketweb.
European giants Paris-Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, are also mentioned as potential suitors for Algeria international defender.
Ghoulam’s current deal set to expire at the end of the current campaign, meaning Italian side may be forced to accept a cut-price offer for the defender’s signature.