Chelsea chase 'Serie A' Cole replacement

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Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on versatile Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 26-year-old Bosnian international has also attracted interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, following a contract stand-off with his current club.

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has identified Lulic as a potential replacement for Stamford Bridge rebel Ashley Cole, with his ability to play on the left side of defence as well as midfield an attractive option.

Cole has entered the final 12 months of his contract in west London, and with his reluctance to accept the rolling one-year deal that is on the table - thanks to a directive from owner Roman Abramovich, for all players over the age of 30 - his future at Chelsea has been cast into doubt.

Lulic arrived in Italy from Swiss side Young Boys last summer, penning a five-year contract at the Stadio Olimpico until 2016. But, after turning down a recent extension of his own, Lazio may be tempted to cash-in on a player they paid just £2.5million for, if an offer comes in which enables them to make a tidy profit.

With 49 appearances in total, Lulic has started seven Serie A games this season - five of which he featured at left-back, and two on the left-wing - but his time in Rome could be about to end prematurely, if Di Matteo steps up his interest when the transfer window reopens in January.

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