Chelsea Chase Juve Defender (And It’s Not the One You Think!)

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According to Goal.com, Chelsea are set to raid Juventus this summer as they seek to strengthen their defence.

Kwadwo Asamoah, 29, is set to leave Turin this summer on a free transfer and his versatility appeals to the Chelsea coach Antonio Conte.

The Blues face stiff opposition for his services with Inter Milan, Napoli and Roma all considering offers while Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are also keeping an eye on the defender’s situation.

Asamoah moved to Juventus in 2012 after five seasons with Udinese, for whom he made 134 appearances. Conte was the Bianconeri boss who signed the 69-times capped Ghana international.

Since arriving in the northern Italian city, Asamoah has reached nearly 150 appearances in the famous black-and-white shirt. However, he is increasingly becoming a bit-part player, in part damned by his own versatility.

With his contract expiring, Asamoah is looking to leave to find regular first-team football.

Conte is under pressure from the club’s board to improve their performances with the growing gap between the soon-to-be-deposed English champions and Europe’s elite clubs underlined in last night’s 3 – 0 defeat at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona carved their way through the Chelsea defence and while the Blues had opportunities of their own, the weaknesses at the back were there for all to see.