ONE player from England's World Cup group that Chelsea will target


With the World Cup draw made, Premier League teams will be focusing on England's group - and not just to see Roy Hodgson's men...

The Premier League's top clubs will be sending talent to the World Cup, and not just with England, as players from around the globe travel to play in the world's biggest tournament. The World Cup is not only an opportunity to watch countries face off against each other, but it can also act as a shop window for many players who can showcase their talents on the biggest stage of all.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has a history of signing players that dazzled at major tournaments, after bringing Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid following their emergence at the 2010 World Cup, and he also signed Luka Modric after he impressed for Croatia at Euro 2012.

The position of concern for Mourinho has to be centre back, with John Terry showing signs of slowing down and David Luiz seemingly heading for the exit door, whilst Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill can be upgraded upon. Mourinho has been linked with moves for a number of centre backs, including Porto duo Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi, but his answer in defence could be a man who will try to keep Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge quiet.

Uruguay's Diego Godin, who has been a key player during Atletico Madrid's revival under Diego Simeone, has been linked with Chelsea recently. The Blues interest in Godin first appeared in January 2011, as Chelsea had a £50m offer for Godin and Sergio Aguero rejected by Atletico Madrid. Now, with Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City also linked with moves for the 27-year-old, it seems Chelsea's interest has piqued once again.

Mourinho is no stranger to the Uruguayan defender, who helped Atletico to a Copa del Rey final win over Mourinho's Real Madrid last season. A tough, uncompromising defender, Godin will be the key to the Uruguay defence at the World Cup, and his partnership with West Bromwich Albion's Diego Lugano will be vital to slowing down Italy and England in Group D.

Godin's current contract expires in 2015 and he is reportedly considering his options, and a strong showing at the World Cup could generate even more interest in the former Villarreal man. With Chelsea having the ability to offer a lucrative contract, there's a very good chance that Godin's future lies at Stamford Bridge – and those England players will have to face him far more regularly.

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