Chelsea linked with ex-Man Utd man Pique and Juventus’ Lichtsteiner

Chelsea are said to be keen to sign Barcelona’s former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique.

The Daily Star have picked up on a report on Spanish website Fichajes which claimed the Blues are considering offering £24m for the 27-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.

Pique has therefore been touted as a possible long-term replacement for Chelsea captain John Terry, while United have been linked with a bid to re-sign him.

The Star have also linked Chelsea with Stephan Lichtsteiner and say their supposed pursuit of the defender has been boosted because Juventus are lining up a replacement.

Meanwhile, QPR’s on-loan right-back Mauricio Isla has dismissed speculation he could return to Juve.

The Chile international has had a difficult start for Rangers since arriving on a season-long loan and there were reports in the Italian media that the deal could be cut short.

But Isla told the Evening Standard: “That was never going to happen.

“People talk but I’ve never spoken about it. I’ve not spoken to a single director at Juventus since I came to England.

“It is important for me to stay here a long while because I need to get match fitness back after the cruciate knee ligament injury I had.”

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