Alvaro Medran wanted by Chelsea in January

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Chelsea are planning a January move for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Medran, a talented midfielder likened in playing style to Croatian playmaker Luka Modric. (talkSPORT)

Jose Mourinho has been keeping tabs on the Spain U21 international ever since he left the Bernabeu, having played an instrumental role in recruiting the 20-year-old for his old club in 2011.

Medran is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Spanish football at the moment, and was handed his first-team debut by Carlo Ancelotti in a game against Levante in October.

But, despite making good progress in Madrid, the club are yet to offer Medran a new contract, and Mourinho has sensed an opportunity to lure the player to Stamford Bridge.

Widely regarded as a star of the future, Blues fans should be excited about the prospect of his arrival in west London, following a number of impressive performances under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane in Real Madrid's 'B' team.

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