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Chelsea have joined Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool in the race to sign Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, according to reports.
The Algerian defender has established himself as one of Serie A’s best full back since joining Napoli in 2014 and is now attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs.
Napoli have done well to fight off competition for the defender for quite sometime but their inability to agree a new deal with him could weaken their stand.
Ghoulam contract expires at the end of the season and is yet to agree a new deal with his club.
According to Tribal Football, Chelsea could take advantage of the situation and have expressed an interest in signing the defender in January.
Liverpool and Manchester City are believed to be interested in the defender and could make their moves in the new year also.
Should Ghoulam continue to stall on a new contract, Napoli could consider cashing in on him in the new year rather than allow him leave for free.
Chelsea spent the whole summer chasing Alex Sandro but Juventus reluctance to sell the Italian meant we had to go into the season without a credible back up and competitor for Marcos Alonso.
With the extra burden of playing in the Champions League taking its toll on the squad, Chelsea may have to settle for Ghoulam in the new year, if Sandro continues to prove difficult to sign.