Chelsea are reportedly targeting Montpellier Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January, to eventually replace the ageing John Terry.
The French international has been a long-term target for Chelsea-rivals Arsenal, who had been expected to sign the defender, but are now expected to lose out to their London counter-parts.
The Montpellier captain is played mainly at centre-back, but is known to play anywhere across the back-four.
According to French TV channel Canal+, representatives of the Stamford Bridge club were present to watch Yanga-Mbiwa during his side’s win over AC Ajaccio on Saturday night.
Despite the Blues having reliable centre-backs in the form of David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic, the Champions League champions are still keen on signing the Montpellier ace.
The 23 year-old is believed to exhibit the same leadership skills that current Chelsea skipper John Terry possesses, and could prove to be a vital addition to the squad.
The Central African started his career at Montpellier, making his debut at the the tender age of 17. He has since captained the side to the Ligue 1 title, and made his debut for the France national team.
I can’t help but enjoy the thought of stealing Arsene Wenger’s targets, especially when they turn out like Juan Mata. Yanga-Mbiwa looks to be a solid defender, whose versatility can only be a boost. It is no secret that John Terry is towards the end f his career, and the African could be the answer.