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Chelsea join the race for injured Barcelona right back — report

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Arriving at Barcelona in June 2015 from Sevilla during the transfer ban, Aleix Vidal has not been given too many opportunites show onlookers what all he could do. That all seemed to change over the winter, as the 27-year-old was called upon several times ... only to then get struck down by a poorly timed malleolar injury, which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Despite the injury, several clubs remain interested in picking him up for next season and according to Sky Sports Italia (via Spanish newspaper AS), Chelsea are one of these teams. The report claims that Vidal has been on Chelsea's radar since his days at Sevilla, long before the departure of Branislav Ivanović left the squad a bit short-handed in terms of veteran leadership.

Although Vidal could be a good if perhaps uninspiring acquisition. One to keep on the back-burner as we inch closer to summer then.