Chelsea and Spurs are reportedly lining up summer moves for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott.
The England international, who joined the Citizens last year from Everton, has found himself primarily as a Europa League player after falling down the pecking order at the City of Manchester Stadium.
The People states that while Lescott’s former club Everton have expressed an interest in re-signing the £24m man, he would prefer a move to London with the champions thought to be leading the chase.
With Chelsea’s defense torn apart through injury in recent weeks, Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be looking at options for strengthening at the back, and a move for Lescott could come in the new year.
Cahill rumours increase.
The Daily Mail believes, however, that the defensive option Chelsea will go for will be Bolton’s Gary Cahill. The former Aston Villa defender made his England debut earlier this year, and has been linked with a move to most of England’s top clubs in recent weeks.
Reports are resurfacing of Chelsea’s interest, however, and it is believed Cahill could be being lined up as John Terry’s long-term first-choice central defensive partner.
With Bolton having already reportedly lined up Villa’s Curtis Davis as a possible replacement, Cahill could be on his way to London next month, though the champions still face competition from the likes of Man United and Arsenal for his signature.
Players fear Carlo exit.
Chelsea’s stars are thought to be worried that manager Carlo Ancelotti is considering quitting Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, after seeing the champions through their worst string of results in a decade.
With their comfortable position of top in the league relinquished, Goal.com reports that the players are “afraid that the Italian will call time on his tenure at the west London club during the summer.”
He held showdown talks with Roman Abramovich on Thursday, but the pair reportedly only found a “short-term fix” rather than a cure for recent problems at the club. The poor results have coincided with the departure of Ancelotti’s friend Ray Wilkins, but Ancelotti has reportedly been promised funds to spend in the January transfer window.