Chelsea Keen on a New Centre-Back: 5 Blues-Linked Players Worth a Look

Michele TardioliContributor IINovember 30, 2010

Chelsea Keen on a New Centre-Back: 5 Blues-Linked Players Worth a Look

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    Carlo AncelottiShaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Injuries to key defensive players have exposed Chelsea's frailties, and worried boss Ancelotti will reportedly be spending the cash in January.


    Chelsea's recent dip in Premier League form is largely attributed to captain John Terry's absence and Alex's nagging injury requiring him to undergo knee surgery.

    With the nearest transfer window now just a month away, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will have his eye on a defensive signing in order to shore up the Stamford Bridge outfit's most problematic area.

David Luiz

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    David Luiz

    The highly-rated Benfica Lisbon man is a transfer target for a host of European household names. Having played for the Portuguese outfit since 2007 and enjoying his best form yet last year, Luiz is ready for a lucrative move away.

    At 1.88m tall and with a physical approach to his game, Luiz would make a fine choice for Chelsea, if they are willing to meet Benfica's hefty price tag claimed to be in the region of €25m.

    The centre-back has been capped three times for Brazil and is reportedly coveted by Inter Milan.

Phil Jones

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    Phil Jones

    The youngest option of the group would be 18-year-old Phil Jones, who is tipped for a glamorous career as the 'next John Terry'.

    The Blackburn Rovers and England U-21 man, who looks to John Terry as his idol, has gone on to start for his club in all 15 Premier League matches so far this season.

    But with less than a year of Premier League experience under his belt, and still a long way off his first England cap, Jones is definitely one for the future rather than the present.

Gary Cahill

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    Gary Cahill

    Towering defender Cahill has been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal since last summer following his commanding performances in the heart of the Bolton Wanderers defence.

    Cahill has been tremendous for his club in recent years and is imperative to the good form that sees them currently occupying sixth place in the Premier League.

    He won his debut cap for England against Bulgaria in September and, despite Bolton's reluctance to see him leave, needs a chance to star in a top European side.

    He is reportedly also attracting interest from Italian giants Inter Milan.

Neven Subotic

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    Neven Subotic

    The 1.93m-tall Serbian is only 21 years of age, yet this is his third season with the league leaders.

    This year, Subotic has helped propel Borussia Dortmund to the top of the German Bundesliga with some inspiring performances.

    Powerful and athletic, Subotic is a reliable centre-back who reads the game well and has all the physical attributes necessary to compete in the English Premier League.

    Would be an excellent choice, but Dortmund are expected to try and price any suitors out of a move.

    He has been capped 17 times for the Serbian national team.

Brede Hangeland

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    Brede Hangeland

    Hangeland made the move from Kobenhavn to Fulham in 2007, and was vital for the Cottagers' impressive form under Roy Hodgson, which saw them finish seventh in the league in 2008.

    But Fulham have since been in decline and are currently just above the relegation zone.

    The 1.95m-tall Norwegian is a huge presence in defence and has proven in his time playing for Fulham that he is capable of succeeding in a top- four Premier League club.

    At 29 years of age, Hangeland is only a viable option for the short-term, but still has a few years of top-class defensive marshalling in the tank.

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