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Chelsea in Race for Disgruntled Defender

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Martin Demichelis of Argentina celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Greece and Argentina at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IAugust 24, 2010

Argentine defender Martin Demichelis has expressed his desire to leave present club Bayern Munich, as he was benched in the Bavarians' match against Wolfsburg on Friday.

His agent claimed that the 29-year-old centre-back was attracting interest from numerous top European clubs, including English giants Chelsea.

Though Juventus are reportedly leading the race to sign the former River Plate player and have already started talks with the player's agent, Chelsea could tempt away the defender with a lucrative bid both for him and his club.

The West Londoners have been linked with a record-breaking bid for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, but it is unlikely that the Bernabeu outfit's manager Jose Mourinho will part with his World Cup-winning defender.

Valued at somewhere around 8-9 million pounds, the defender is a tough-tackling defender with good ball control and possession skills. He is a good reader of the game, and although a tough defender, he has superb technical abilities. He has been the heart of Bayern's defense in the past seven years but has recently fallen out of favour, which has prompted his decision to leave his club of seven years for greener pastures.

Though Bayern Munich have denied any news of the player's possible departure, Demichelis' agent Jorge Cyterszpiler stated that his client could leave Allianz Arena before the transfer window closes. Chelsea have been on the lookout for a central defender after the departure of Ricardo Carvalho, and a tempting bid could make Bayern reconsider their decision on the player's future.

Standing tall at six feet, the tough-talking Argentine has strong physical attributes that could make him a hit in the Premier League. Although nothing has been confirmed as yet, signing him could be the Blues' last signing this summer, and at 8-9 million he could be a good bargain.

The Blues have been looking to revamp their aging squad, and though at 29 years old Demichelis is not actually a youngster, he could still help the Stamford Bridge outfit with his vast experience.

Only a week remains until the closing of the transfer window, and all clubs will be looking to strengthen their squads. Though Demichelis might not leave Bayern at all or may join some other club, it would be a joy if he arrived in England.

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