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Talks held – £71k-a-week star could be on his way to Stamford Bridge

Subair Adams

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Stepan Savic

Blues ahead of Juventus after holding talks with Athletico Madrid Star.

Chelsea and Juventus are both set to face off in the battle to sign Atletico Madrid defender Stepan Savic.

The Center back was largely been fielded by manager Diego Simeone as a backup option to the formidable duo of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez last term.

And reports have claimed both European clubs are keen on the 27- year old and have contacted the Spanish capital club over the availability of the Montenegro International.

Chelsea appear increasingly on the lookout for a defender with Maligned defender David Luiz set for an imminent exit from Stamford Bridge after being frozen out from the team by manager Antonio Conte.

While Juventus are also intent on signing a new centre-back after Stephan Lichtsteiner departed on a free transfer to Arsenal earlier this month.

Savic has Premier league experience, having previously played for Manchester city but was deemed surplus to requirements and then offloaded to Spain where he appears to have recaptured the form that made him one of the most sought-after defenders prior to his switch to England.

The defender would not be keen on being re-witnessing his experience at the Etihad outfit and might likely look to depart the Spanish capital with the calibre of clubs interested in his signature.

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