Adam Johnson could be the man to give Chelsea the width that new manager Andre Villas-Boas craves, according to talkSPORT.

Johnson, who’s fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City under Roberto Mancini, is thought to be an ideal candidate to stretch defences and create space for Chelsea’s attacking duo of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.

After starring in his opening six months with City, Johnson has struggled to recapture that form. The former Middlesbrough man made 31 appearances last season, although 16 of those were coming off the bench for the Citizens.

Chelsea are thought to be looking for speed and a player who can generate width along the wings.

With Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka both having a tendency to drift inside, and Branislav Ivanovic’s reluctance to maraud forward, pundits suggested Chelsea looked all too narrow for much of last season.


Any potential move that would bring Johnson to Stamford Bridge would require City to find a replacement, and whilst James Milner can play in the position, he too has a tendency to move inside.

Shaun Wright-Phillips has had a strong pre-season tour in the US, but it’s not known whether Mancini feels as though the former Chelsea man would be adequate in regular rotation in a campaign where City will challenge for four trophies.

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