Chelsea in talks for €25m Ashley Cole replacement - Italian report

According to the Italian press, Chelsea are in pursuit of Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez.

The Blues and their German counterparts are no strangers – as Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of shipping Kevin De Bruyne off to the Volkswagen Arena.

TuttoMercatoWeb has maintained that the negotiations lent the opportunity for the West London outfit to enquire after Rodriguez, and a dialogue has in turn been opened.

The 21-year-old left-back has been in scintillating form this term – with three goals and assists in 17 Bundesliga appearances – putting his side in position to challenge for Champions League football.

Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, the saga surrounding Ashley Cole’s expiring contract has continued into the new year without resolution.

Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given license to decide on the England international’s future – but with each passing day an extension looks less likely.

Ryan Bertrand has featured just once this term and though Cesar Azpilicueta has emerged as the favourite at left-back of late, it remains to be seen if the Portuguese sees him as a long-term option.

TMW claim that talks have already occurred surrounding Rodriguez, with another meeting scheduled to discuss the Switzerland international in the next few days.

The Italian outlet has suggested a hefty-price tag ranging from €20m to €25m has been placed on the Wolfsburg man, in consideration of his age and talent.

The impending deal for De Bruyne is thought to be worth in the region of £16m and could in turn finance Rodriguez’s proposed switch.

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