Chelsea linked with Southampton defender – Not Van Dijk

Chelsea have been linked with making a move for Southampton full back, Cedric Soares.

The Telegraph claim that Antonio Conte has identified the Portuguese international as as potential addition to his squad, as he looks to add at least three new faces. 

Conte is looking to add at least one new full back, a central defender and a central midfielder to his team. He has struggled to strengthen his team and has lost some fairly senior players, including John Terry and Nemanja Matic, while Diego Costa has been absent from training all summer.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of full backs this summer, including Danilo, Serge Aurier, Alex Sandro and Ryan Bertrand, but do far, have failed to make any new additions in this department.

With Victor Moses, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta the only real options at both left and right wing backs, Cedric would add additional options. The report claims the the Blues have not yet made an offer, but could make an approach between the £15m-£20m mark.

They are also interested in his Southampton teammate Virgil van Dijk. They are believed to be ready to make a £50 million bid for the Dutchman.

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