Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have joined AC Milan in the race to land OGC Nice defender Youcef Atal in the January transfer market, a report claims.
Rossoneri have had problems at right-back all campaign, with the usual first choice Davide Calabria having been suspended twice and full-back Andrea Conti struggling for consistency, though the star did impress against Juventus before the international break.
A report from Calciomercato.com in October claimed that Paolo Maldini along with Ricky Massara and Zvonomir Boban will ‘intervene to resolve the problem’ in the upcoming window by signing a new full-back.
Nice’s Youcef Atal was mentioned as one of four players in that report, along with Mehmet Zeki Celik of LOSC Lille, Djibril Sidibe of AS Monaco (on loan at Everton) and Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur.
According to The Sun, Youcef could be a target for Jose Mourinho at the Lilywhites as he looks to rebuild the side he has inherited from Argentine chief Mauricio Pochettino, and their report claims that former side Chelsea are also interested in the Algerian.
The paper adds that the Ligue 1 outfit could demand as much as £35 million (roughly €40 million) for the 23-year-old.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are reportedly joining the race to sign Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud, with Inter Milan already keen on sealing a deal.
Giroud looks set to depart the Blues this January, with the veteran striker being handed limited chances in the senior team thanks to the emergence of Tammy Abraham.