Chelsea retain an interest in Ateltico Madrid defender Diego Godin, it has been claimed.

According to Cadena Ser, the west London club failed in an attempt to by the Uruguayan during the summer, but will return with an improved offer in the new year.

This, however, is reported to be reliant on whether or not Chelsea can shift Alex, who has been deemed surpluse to requirements by Andre Villas-Boas.

The Brazilian centre-back is behind compatriot David Luiz, Chelsea skipper John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic in the Stamford Bridge pecking order, and is likely to leave the club in January.


Arsenal had been linked with Alex during the summer transfer window, but Arsene Wenger instead opted to sign Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen.

Godin, meanwhile, joined Atleti from Villarreal last year, and has made 25 appearances in La Liga since his £6.6 million transfer.

However, the 25-year-old has yet to feature for Gregorio Manzano's side during the new campaign.

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