Chelsea Transfer News: Thiago Maia top target for Conte in January

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Chelsea Transfer News: Thiago Maia top target for Conte in January

English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea will re-ignite their interest in Santos midfielder Thiago Maia in January, 2016. The Blues were interested to sign the player in the summer transfer window, but their approach was fended off by the Brazilian club as they were reluctant to sell the player before the end of the current season.

The Blues are reportedly willing to offer an amount of $20 million to Santos. They believe that the player will be available in the winter transfer window, once the Brazilian league finishes in December, this year, as reported by Daily Mail.

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Maia is valued highly at Santos and has a contract until 2019 with the club.

The player made 28 appearances for Santos in the Brazilian Serie A in 2015/16. He scored a total of 2 goals and created 20 chances for his team. He has an average pass accuracy of 80% and is involved in 3 defensive actions per match, according to Squawka.

Meanwhile, free agent Martin Caceres will not be moving to Chelsea. The Blues were interested in the former Juventus center-back, but with the arrival of David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain, they have ended their pursuit of the player. Caceres will most likely stay in Italy with Roma or Inter Milan.

With John Terry (36) and Branislav Ivanovic (33) on the wrong end of their thirties, the Blues want to bring in defenders for the future. They are looking at Hoffenheim center-back Niklas Sule for next summer.

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The 21-year-old Sule made 33 appearances for Hoffenhein in the Bundesliga last season. He was involved in 9 defensive actions per match and has made only one defensive error in total. He has a pass accuracy of 86% and has also created 6 chances for his team, as reported by Squawka.

Another Premier League club Liverpool are also monitoring the player.

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