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De Marcos has been dubbed 'the next Roy Keane'.

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos on Chelsea's radar this summer

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Chelsea have endured nothing short of a woeful title defence this campaign and appear set to take immediate action this summer to solve their various problems.

Amidst growing rumours Italy head coach Antonio Conte will take over from Guus Hiddink, a squad overhaul appears imminent.

And it appears Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos could be one of such names to arrive at Stamford Bridge before next season.

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This is according to The Sun, who claim the highly-rated Spaniard is viewed by Chelsea as the ideal replacement for Ramires, who departed for the Chinese Super League during the winter transfer window.

De Marcos has attracted previous interest from the Premier League, with Manchester United once linked with a move but balked at his valutation.

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A fresh contract signed in 2011 saw Bilbao insert a €32 million release clause, which the Red Devils were reluctant to pay for a 21-year-old.

De Marcos' combative style of play has seen experts draw comparisons to United great Roy Keane.

The 26-year-old's versatility will come as a particularly attractive prospect for Chelsea, given he can also play as an attacking midfielder, winger and right full-back.

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A player of De Marcos' quality would bring much-needed strength in depth to west London amidst the club's bid to re-establish themselves in English football.

The Premier league holders are currently tenth in the league with 41 points after 30 games and an outside chance of European football next season.

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