Highly-rated Celta Vigo full-back Hugo Mallo has appeared as a surprise target for Chelsea reports the Daily Mirror.
The Spanish U-19 international has attracted rave reviews from his performances in the Segunda Division for Celta this season, so much so that a number of La Liga sides are also monitoring the situation.
Chelsea face competition from Getafe, Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna if they are to move for the promising youngster, and may look to use their January marquee signing Fernando Torres as bait to tempt the young Spaniard to Stamford Bridge, who is a known admirer of their newly acquired front man.
Blues owner and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has dusted off the chequebook in recent months to pave the way for a number of exciting new signings in a bid to freshen up an ageing Chelsea squad.
And Carlo Ancelotti has been ordered to pinpoint a number of summer targets that he would like to recruit to Stamford Bridge with a view to benefitting the long-term future of the club.
Mallo has the potential to become a top right-back for the Spanish national team in years to come, combining physical, technical and mental abilities, with great acceleration and pace. He is an attack-minded defender with impressive dribbling skills and an eye for goal reports imscouting.com.
These attributes will make Mallo well suited to the Barclays Premier League should Chelsea opt to move for this exciting talent, who is contracted to Celta Vigo until the summer of 2014.
However, it seems unlikely that he will stay with Celta beyond the end of the season even if they are promoted back to La Liga – with the club desperately in need of money, Chelsea could land Mallo for as little as €2million.