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According to Daily Mail, Chelsea have confirmed interest in signing Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan ahead of the January transfer window.
Simakan is reportedly also wanted by Italian club AC Milan and French club Nice.
It will be a blow to Strasbourg – who have played Simakan in every match so far this season and lie just two points above the relegation zone – so they will be hoping to get at least £13.5million for his services.
AC Milan tried to sign the 20 year old defender for £12.5million last summer but had the bid rejected.