Chelsea Interested in £25m Defender Filip Benkovic

ZAGREB, CROATIA - AUGUST 16: Valon Berisha (R) of Salzburg in action against Filip Benkovic (L) of Dinamo Zagreb during the UEFA Champions League Play-offs First leg match between Dinamo Zagreb and Salzburg at Stadion Maksimir on August 16, 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

According to the Sunday Express, Chelsea are lining up a move for defender Filip Benkovic as they look to move swiftly in the transfer window.

Chelsea are yet to make any new signings this summer both on and off the pitch. With Antonio Conte still at the helm, Chelsea fans are beginning to panic worry that this summer will be identical to the summer of 2015. The club’s managerial situation has meant transfers have stalled with a number of current players still unsure on their position as well as new arrivals seeming no nearer.

The Blues could turn to Cr0oatian U21 star Filip Benkovic as a recruitment in defence. The centre-back has impressed in his native league for Dinamo Zagreb and will cost the London club around £25m. David Luiz looks to be edging closer to a move away from the club, while Italian defender Daniele Rugani is a favourite of Maurizio Sarri but the former’s agent has stressed that the manager needs to be in place before a deal can happen.

Chelsea are not the only club interested in Benkovic. Celtic were linked with a move for the defender 12 months ago, while West Ham and Borussia Dortmund have also been monitoring his situation. AC Milan are the latest side to have been offered Benkovic, according to reports in Italy. The 6’4 versatile centre-back has already made over 50 appearances for Zagreb despite being just 20-years-old, including playing in the Europa League. He can also apply his trade in holding midfield which would suggest he is a direct replacement for David Luiz.

Chelsea certainly need to start acting quickly in the window if they are to keep track with their rivals, and it is starting to take shape, but with just one month left to finalise dealings is the club leaving it too late?

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