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 Francesco Acerbi emerged as shock transfer target for Chelsea

Chelsea reportedly hold an interest in securing the services of Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi at the end of the current campaign.

While the West London club are well stocked for options at the back, Chelsea boss is expected to make alterations to his team during the next transfer window.

According to FCInterNews.It, the Blues are considering whether to make a bid for Acerbi, who has impressed for Serie A giants over the past seven months.

The defender has played 24 games in Serie A this season, helping Lazio mount a strong challenge for the trophy in the Italian top-tier.

Should the Blues up their efforts to secure the services of the 32-year-old, they may face stiff competition from Inter Milan.

However, with Acerbi still having over three years left on his current deal, Lazio are in a position to rebuff any offers.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly considering a summer move for Juventus midfield star Miralem Pjanic.

The Serie A defending champions are allegedly open to selling former AS Roma midfielder during the upcoming summer transfer window.

The 29-year-old midfield maestro has again been a vital player for the Old Lady this campaign, founding back of the net three times and providing fours assists in 32 games in all competitions.

Juve are believed to be open to the idea of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national team midfielder departing, but, and according to Calciomercato, the Blues are weighing up a €60m (£55m) move for his signature.