Chelsea face Milan fight for Swiss defender

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Chelsea will have to fight off interest from AC Milan if they are to sign the man they have been considering as a possible replacement for Ashley Cole.

According to The Sun, the Serie A club have decided they too need to freshen up the left-back area of the squad at San Siro and are ready to go head-to-head with the Blues for the 21-year-old.

It was reported in the German press a month ago that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had been impressed with Rodriguez and was thinking about him as a possible replacement for veteran Cole, who has recently himself left out of the starting XI.

Cole is now 32 and his contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer, so the current situation of him not starting a Premier League game for over a month would indicate Mourinho is not convinced about keeping him on.

With Brazil next summer quite possibly his last chance to play in a World Cup, a shortage of first team football will be especially galling for the the former Arsenal man this season.

Rodriguez will also be heading to the World Cup and the Switzerland international could be one of the surprise stars of the tournament after consistently improving over the last couple of seasons since he moved to the Bundesliga.

If Chelsea and Milan had ambitions of swooping for Rodriguez in the January transfer window they will have to be reassessed, as the report claims Wolfsburg will not countenance any transfer until the summer.

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