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The Blues wanted to sign Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane, but having failed in their attempt to recruit the France international, they have ‘switched their attention to Benatia’.
It has also been reported by the paper that if Chelsea sign the Morocco international, then they will have to sell at least one foreign player because they will have exceeded their allowed quota under Premier League rules.
An injury to summer signing and club legend Didier Drogba means that manager Jose Mourinho is back in the market for a striker.
Meanwhile, the London club have suffered a blow in their reported quest to sign Germany international midfielder Sami Khedira from Madrid.
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the 2014 World Cup winner, but Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that the 27-year-old is not for sale this summer.
‘He’s not leaving, he’s a Real Madrid player’, said the Italian (click here to read more). ‘He has a contract until June 30, 2015 and that’s all there is to say’.