Chelsea interested in signing of Ligue 1 full-back

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The publication are claiming that the full-back has caught the interest of Chelsea among many other European clubs including, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain.

Youcef Atal recently did an interview with Canal+, in which he explained that he is aware of the interest in him and believes he can perform for a big club.

A move for the player may not come until next summer, though, with the west London side still awaiting a verdict from the Court of Arbitration for Sport about overturning their two-window transfer ban (via The Guardian).

Chelsea’s squad surely is one that needs rebuilding, and with Cesar Azpilicueta now sitting at 30-years-old, bringing in a more youthful defender is a must.

Though, Atal’s ability to play down the entire right side also makes him a risk to ageing winger Willian, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the campaign.

The Algerian international has featured at right-wing in six and full-back in one of the 11 matches he’s played in all competitions this season. This comes despite him having performed at right-back for the majority of the last campaign.

For a natural right-back, it really is stunning to see that the 23-year-old averages more dribbles and is fouled more per match in Ligue 1 than Willian is in the Premier League (via WhoScored).

And in terms of defending, the Algerian averages more interceptions per game than Cesar Azpilicueta, showing his strength in being able to read the match.