Last Updated: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:05
Chelsea will battle it out with Tottenham and Russian side Anzhi to sign Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia, reports have claimed.
The Blues are said to be on the look-out for a new central defender in the summer and the tough-tackling Benatia is reported to be among the players being targeted.
Tottenham are also keen but the biggest threat is Anzhi as they have the funds to wrap up a deal, while the transfer window in Russia is open until February 24 so they could still push through a move.
The 25-year-old Moroccan international, who has impressed since arriving at Udinese back in 2010, is available for a fee in the region of £12.8million.
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