EPL: Chelsea identify £30m-rated defender as replacement for injured James

Chelsea have reportedly identified £30m-rated Borussia Monchengladbach defender Nico Elvedi as a replacement for their injured captain Reece James.

James has played just eight matches across all competitions before the injury bug struck him again.

The 24-year-old injured his hamstring 26 minutes into their Premier League 2-0 defeat to Everton last weekend.

As a result, the England international is now out for an indefinite period.

However, as per TEAMtalk (via Four Four Two), Chelsea are planning to sign a new defender when the transfer window reopens in January and are eyeing Elvedi.

Although Elvedi is predominantly a centre-back, he can also play out wide in defence, thanks to his versatility.

Eveldi’s current contract with Monchengladbach will expire in 2027.

The 27-year-old has made 284 appearances for the Bundesliga club, registering 15 goals and nine assists.

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