Report: Chelsea to launch £24m bid for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam

Faouzi Ghoulam of Algeria attempts a shot at goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014
Chelsea are reportedly considering a £24m swoop for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam in the January transfer window.

Chelsea are reportedly planning a January swoop for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam.

Manager Antonio Conte is believed to be looking at options to challenge Marcos Alonso's position in the team.

Ghoulam has been identified as a possible target for the Premier League outfit as he has proven his versatility by playing in a back four and a three-man defence.

Since Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz at the back, the team have won their last seven top-flight games on the bounce.

According to Le Buteur, the Blues are planning to table £24m for Ghoulam when the transfer window reopens next month, but Napoli are expected to resist Chelsea's advances.

The Algeria international joined Napoli from Saint-Etienne in 2014.

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