Chelsea will spend £35m on new right-back if transfer ban is overturned

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Chelsea could find out this week if the appeal against transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA has been successful.

According to the Telegraph, Chelsea have included Nice right-back Youcef Atal on a list of possible transfer targets this summer, should the FIFA ban be delayed.

The 22-year-old Algerian international is also attracting interest from Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid after a fine season with Nice in the French Ligue 1.

Atal scored a hat-trick in Nice’s 3-0 win over Guingamp on Sunday, becoming the first Algerian to score three goals in a Ligue 1 match in 33 years. 

Atal is reportedly valued at around €40 million (£34.6m) but that fee could up according to the report.

Nice manager Patrick Vieira recently insisted the 22-year-old isn’t for sale but that won’t stop the Blues from making a move for the right-back.

Atal is quick and an adept dribbler and Nice boss Patrick Vieira has occasionally played him in midfield this season.

Chelsea youngster James Reece has impressed on loan at Wigan this season and he was expected to provide competition for Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back next season.

Atal only joined Nice last summer from Belgian club Kortrijk and he could be set to join Chelsea this summer if the transfer ban is lifted.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Chelsea right-back Reece James is attracting interest from Premier League side Brighton, according to the Sun.

The Sun claims Brighton submitted a £10million bid for young Chelsea right-back but the offer was quickly rejected by Chelsea.

The England U20 right-back has impressed on loan at Championship side Wigan, featuring in all of their league games this season. He was voted into the Championship Team of the Season due to his form for Wigan.

Reece has admitted he is hoping to get a chance to play for Chelsea.

“It’s a great feeling to play week in, week out in a good league and to play on the international stage as well,” Reece told Wigan Today.

“My ambition is to play for Chelsea, and every day I work hard to get there.

“I was a fan as a kid…my heroes growing up were (Frank) Lampard, (John) Terry and (Didier) Drogba. Sooner or later, hopefully I get chance.”

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