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Chelsea could get the chance to sign Napoli fullback Faouzi Ghoulam in January, according to reports in Italy.
Ghoulam is one of Serie A’s best fullbacks and has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years.
Chelsea are one of the clubs that have been linked with him in the past but this summer Conte preferred to pursue a move for Alex Sandro.
Chelsea could now have hope of signing Ghoulam in the next transfer window if he doesn’t resolve the contractual disagreement between him and Napoli.
Italian publication Il Mattino via Football.London are claiming Ghoulam’s representative is demanding the inclusion of an €18m release clause in any new deal but Napolli do not want to include a clause.
This disagreement has led to a stand-off between both parties which could lead to Chelsea signing him.
Conte spent the whole summer chasing Alex Sandro but Juventus weren’t willing to sell. The chance to sign a decent player like Ghoulam in January could be too good to turn down.
Chelsea currently don’t have a back up for Alonso and strengthening that position could become a priority if we progress into the latter stages of most competitions. While the manager would have wanted a better player in Sandro, Ghoulam could be a decent signing and a cheaper alternative.