Chelsea debating deals for defensive duo

After appearing to lose out on the signature of Gregory van der Wiel, Chelsea are reported to be looking at Lukasz Piszczek and Cesar Azpilicueta as alternative targets this summer.

It’s become evident that Jose Bosingwa is likely to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season and with no natural right-backs to follow, reinforcements will be expected in West London.

One of the candidates for the job is Lukasz Piszczek, who has made 48 starts for Borussia Dortmund this season, drawing massive plaudits in their title-winning campaign.

In that time, the Polish international has scored four goals and made ten assists and would seem to fit into the Blues’ approach of attack-minded wing-backs.

The other player that Di Matteo’s side are looking at is Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been incessantly linked with a move to the Premier League giants over the past year.

Azpilicueta has come back from a career-threatening he suffered in 2010 to become a potential long-term staple in the Spanish international side.

The Marseille right-back has made 44 appearances this season but may be tempted by a move away from the club after their poor performance in the Ligue 1 campaign.

Bosingwa’s current deal with Chelsea is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning that he will be available to leave on a free transfer if he does in fact move on.

Regardless of the loss, Roman Abramovich is still expected to invest heavily in his squad this summer after a disappointing league campaign that saw them finish in sixth place.

Both Piszczek and Azpilicueta are expected to feature at Euro 2012 for Poland and Spain, respectively, and rather than let their price-tags soar with any impressive performances, Chelsea would be smarter to tie up any deal prior to the tournament.

Should either full-back complete a switch to Stamford Bridge, they would be expected to cost in excess of £14m, money that could be made readily available to any manager that takes over the Chelsea helm on a permanent basis.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.