Youcef Atal: Chelsea planning to launch £35m bid for Algerian defender in January

Youcef Atal: Chelsea planning to launch £35m bid for Algerian defender in January

- Youcef Atal could be joining Chelsea if they get their transfer ban lifted in January

- The Blues are currently serving a two transfer window ban over signing of youngsters

- Christian Pulisic was the only addition last summer despite losing Hazard to Real Madrid

Chelsea are reportedly planning to launch a £35 million bid for Nice defender Youcef Atal if they are able to get their transfer ban lifted before then.

It would be recalled that the Premier League outfit were slammed with a two transfer window ban after breaching FIFA ethics on signing of youngsters.

The Blues were only able to add Christian Pulisic to their squad this summer having signed him from Borussia Dortmund before being sanctioned by the body.

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They also made Mateo Kovacic's deal permanent after the completion of his loan spell at the Stamford Bridge last season.

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Meanwhile, SunSport quoting Italian news outfit claim Chelsea will battle Valencia for the signature of Algerian defender Youcef Atal.

Atal made 29 appearances for his French League side last season, but the Blues will have to get their ban lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before making such move.

Fellow Premier League outfit, Manchester City were also found wanting but were able to appeal their case.

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Chelsea have not been able to find replacement for their superstar Eden Hazard who joined Real Madrid in a multi million dollar deal due to the ban.

The Sun also said that Frank Lampard's wants to give youth a chance, the Stamford Bridge club made £133 million out of the summer market. earlier reported that Joel Matip is understood to be ready to sign a contract extension with Liverpool after the clause in his present deal was triggered.

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The 28-year-old who joined the Reds from Schalke for free in 2016, signed a four-year deal with the Merseyside club.

And the Anfield giants are understood to have made a move to hand the Cameroon international a new contract after posting eye-catching performances with Virgil Van Dijk at center-back.

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