Chelsea identify Cole replacement

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Blackburn defender Martin Olsson admits he is flattered to be talked about as a Chelsea target and possible long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, reports the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old Swedish international has been one of Rovers' standout performers this season, despite the Ewood Park outfit suffering relegation from the Premier League.

Steve Kean has made clear his intentions to keep hold of all of the club's star players, including Junior Hoilett, Yakubu and Paul Robinson.

However, with a number of players keen to remain in the top-flight, Blackburn face a fight to retain them, particularly with so much interest.

Chelsea have a surplus of talent at left-back with England international Cole, and the emerging talent of Ryan Bertrand. But, they could still look to bring Olsson to Stamford Bridge this summer, in a move that would be regarded as one for the long-term future.

"I know there has been a lot of interest and I have heard about Chelsea," he said. "It proves that I have done well this season."

Despite being without a permanent manager, the Blues look to be getting their business in the transfer market done early this summer, with Marko Marin and Eden Hazard already believed to be arriving in west London ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

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