Chelsea target Atletico Madrid defender

Chelsea have made a move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, according to Mirror Football.

Chelsea first moved for the 25-year old in January in a reported double deal with teammate Sergio Aguero. Atletico were reluctant to lose their star defender mid-season and Chelsea instead settled for David Luiz from Benfica.

The Uruguayan only moved to Atletico from Villarreal last summer for £7 million but the club are prepared to listen to offers of £15 million for the centre-back.

Chelsea are still without a manager since the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti but are already planning summer signings having made moves for Brazilian Neymar and Javier Pastore from Italian side Palermo. Turkey manager Guus Hiddink is favourite to replace Ancelotti and is reportedly keen on Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. The club have also been linked with a move for Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel as they look for a replacement for the inconsistent Jose Bosingwa.

Godin is currently with Uruguay preparing for the Copa America. He has won 43 caps for the national side and will be a key part of the team as the South Americans look to build on their fine performance in last year’s World Cup.