Home » Tournament in Focus » - English Premier League » Chelsea linked with Nice right-back

Chelsea linked with Nice right-back

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Nice right-back Youcef Atal in January – provided that they are successful in getting their UEFA transfer ban lifted by then.

Atal is a 23-year old Algerian international who was part of his country’s successful African Cup of Nations winning squad in the summer.

Valued at £35 million, Atal is being lined-up as a potential replacement for long-term right-back and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, whose place is under threat after high profile errors leading directly to goals against Manchester United and Sheffield United.

Highly rated 19 year old Reece James is also in contention for the right-back slot under Frank Lampard, but he is yet to play this season as he continues to recover from the ankle injury he picked up in May.

Atal caught the eye in his debut campaign for Nice last season, scoring 6 goals in 29 appearances for the Ligue 1 side managed by former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.  

Leave a Reply