Chelsea wants Taye Taiwo

Chelsea have set Taye Taiwo in their sights with a view to a January move for the Olympique Marseille left-back, according to Italian reports.

The Tutto Mercato Web site says Chelsea face competition for the 25-year-old from Inter Milan and Beyern Munich.

Taiwo’s contract with Marseille expires at the end of the season, meaning if he doesn’t sign a new deal, the French outfit would rather cash in on him in January than risk him walking away for nothing next summer.

Taiwo is a powerhouse of a left-back with a thunderous left-foot shot, which has been clocked at over 130 km/h.

He has improved his technique at Marseille, but his main quality is still his athleticism.  He is strong, good in the air and quick – a huge asset going forward.

His defensive positional sense does have room for improvement though.

He is valued at €10M-15M.

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