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Chelsea set sights on Tottenham defender for the January transfer window — report

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Despite having acquired Marcos Alonso and David Luiz to reinforce the defence on the last day of the summer transfer window, Chelsea could be looking to add a few more options to the squad in January, especially in light of the poor defensive performances so far this season. According to ESPN FC, one such option could be Tottenham’s Ben Davies.

The 23-year-old Welsh international spent the most of his youth days at Swansea City, moving to Tottenham in 2014, where he’s played in 61 games since. Primarily a left back, Davies is also capable of playing as a centre back in a three-man set up, and was lauded for his performances during the Euros this year in that very role. He’s also left-footed, which is a quality that’s generally still lacking in the current squad.

Being a young homegrown player who is capable of playing in a three-man defensive line, Davies checks a lot of boxes that would make him a viable Chelsea transfer target for January, especially if Conte is looking to switch to a three-man defense at some point. One major stumbling block, other than three-man defences generally not being advisable against the vast majority of Premier League teams, would be convincing Daniel Levy to sell a potential upgrade to our defence at a reasonable price — that is if he's willing to even discuss any proposals at all.