Chelsea scouts identify Ben Chilwell and Alex Telles cut-price transfer alternative

Chelsea are eager to make improvements at left-back in the summer transfer window and Aston Villa’s Matt Targett is reportedly an option being discussed. Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have shared responsibility at left-back for Chelsea this season.

Alonso had been a regular in the side under both Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

But Frank Lampard clearly didn’t feel as comfortable with the Spaniard at full-back as he has started just nine Premier League games this season.

Palmieri though didn’t favour much better though as he was handed just 13 starts.

The other games saw Cesar Azpilicueta fill in on the left-side of defence.

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That’s not where Lampard wants his club captain playing beyond this season though and the club have been working behind the scenes to target a new option at left-back this summer.

A number of names have been mentioned as possibilities, such as Porto’s Alex Telles and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.

Both of them may cost Chelsea a hefty sum with Porto and Leicester unlikely to let them leave for cheap.


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But 90min claim Chelsea have another emergency option on the table who has impressed scouts this season.

With Lampard likely to seek deals for other positions, the Chelsea boss may be keen to save some money at full-back and it is suggested Targett is on a list of candidates they could look at.

Villa currently sit 19th in the table and relegation will almost certainly mean a few of their star players leave in the summer.

Jack Grealish is likely to garner the most attention but Targett has impressed in spells in his first year with Villa.


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He would potentially be available on a cut-price deal, or, almost certainly, be a cheaper option than either Telles or Chilwell.

However, the report adds if Chelsea were to sign Targett then they would look to find a replacement within a year.

Palmieri is expected to leave the club in the summer and it has been suggested Chelsea could ask for up to £25million for his signature.

Serie A giants Juventus are reportedly keen on him, with Sarri most likely making a strong case for the Brazilian.

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