Chelsea lining up shock raid for Napoli defender as Sarri desperately wants star signing

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Chelsea have been handed a massive boost in signing Daniele Rugani as new contract talks with Juventus stall as the  Italian defender falls down pecking order at Serie A leaders, according to Calciomercato.

Chelsea were chasing the defender in the summer, with Maurizio Sarri desperate to lure Rugani to England after watching him closely in Serie A.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is reportedly a big fan of Rugani, but Juventus refused to part with the 24-year-old.

Rugani’s contract with Juventus runs until the summer of 2021 but the uncertainty could tempt Sarri to make another bid as he tries to replace Gary Cahill.

Rugani is now only behind Bonucci in the Juventus defensive pecking order but also Giorgio Chiellini, Medhi Benatia and Andrea Barzagli.

Chelsea may soon be in need of another centre-back as Gary Cahill looks set to leave the club in January. Cahill wants regular football and is ready to call time on a six-year spell at Stamford Bridge this January.

Juventus have started the Serie A season with seven wins from seven and already have a six-point advantage over Napoli, meaning it is unlikely Massimiliano Allegri will alter things at the back anytime soon.

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