CHELSEA and Juventus are locked in talks in a race to sign Atletico Madrid star Stefan Savic, according to reports.
Savic has established himself as one of the most dependable defenders in Spain over the past three years having flopped when he joined Manchester City earlier in his career.
And according to Sky Italia, that has led to Italian champions Juventus making a move to sign the 27-year-old along with Chelsea.
Both clubs are looking to strengthen their defensive options over the course of the close season and they are reportedly looking at Savic as the man to fit the bill.
The Montenegro international has been a dependable presence in La Liga with Alteti since he joined the club from Fiorentina three years ago.
In doing so he has finally fulfilled the potential he showed earlier in his career which tempted City to splash out £6million signing him as a 21-year-old in 2011.
But he struggled to make an impact at the Etihad Stadium, and was allowed to leave the club to join Fiorentina a year later having made just 11 league appearances.
Serie A suited his style of play better than the Premier League and he was able to develop into a regular in the Fiorentina side.
And his defensive qualities were spotted by Atletico manager Diego Simeone, who decided to take him to Madrid in 2015 where he has since been a consistent member of the side.
That has prompted scouts from Chelsea and Juve to monitor him over the past season, when he made 36 appearances helping them finish second in La Liga.
And both clubs appear ready to follow up on their interest by trying to seal a transfer over the close season.
The Blues are pressing ahead with their squad rebuilding plans even though it is still unclear who will be manager of the club next season.
Antonio Conte currently remains in his role, but it is growing increasingly likely he will be sacked this month after two years in charge.
Napoli’s Mauruzio Sarri is understood to have been locked in talks with Roman Abramovich and his advisers over taking over at Stamford Bridge.
Juventus are also looking to add new faces to their squad after Stephan Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal on a free transfer.
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