By Greg Stobart
Chelsea are interested in Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic – but the player’s agent has told the Blues they will have to wait until the summer to have any chance of landing their man.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has made the £20 million-rated centre-back a target as he looks to bolster his defence following the injury crisis that has hit Stamford Bridge and left him with just one fit central defender.
The Blues boss is also considering January bids for Benfica defender David Luiz, who would cost around £25m, or Bolton’s Gary Cahill.
Subotic, 21, who has been compared to compatriot Nemanja Vidic, has been on Chelsea’s radar for more than a year but Ancelotti now wants to make a January swoop after his squad was struck by injuries to defenders John Terry and Alex.
Brazil international Alex needs knee surgery and will be out for up to two months, while Terry also faces months on the sidelines with a painful nerve problem in his leg. It leaves Ancelotti with Branislav Ivanovic as his only fit established central defender.
In demand | Chelsea target Neven Subotic will stay in Dortmund until the summer
Subotic, a Serbia international, is considered one of the hottest talents in Europe and his fine form this season has helped steer Dortmund to a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
He is under contract at the Westfalenstadion until 2014 but has been linked with a host of clubs, including Premier League sides Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The 6ft 4in defender speaks fluent English having spent much of his childhood in the United States before starting his career with Mainz and then moving to Dortmund in June 2008.
Chelsea were hopeful of a January move for Subotic but his agent Steve Kelly has told them they will have to wait until at least the summer.
“There is absolutely no chance of Neven leaving Dortmund in January,” Kelly told Goal.com UK.
“It doesn’t matter who comes in for him. He is extremely happy there at the moment and won’t be going anywhere for the time-being.
"Top clubs are interested in him but that his no surprise because he is a class player.
“He wants to play well for Dortmund and January is not a time to even consider leaving a club he is delighted to play for."