Valencia are prepared to sell centre-back Aymen Abdennour this January, with Chelsea monitoring developments closely, according to a report from

Abdennour is only half-way through his debut season on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, after signing from AS Monaco for a fee in the region of £22 million.

Surprisingly however, the Algerian international has struggled to adapt to La Liga with Valencia reportedly keen to recoup some of his hefty price tag.

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The situation has been further exacerbated of late, after Gary Neville recently omitted the defender from his 22-man squad for a league match against relegation battlers, Rayo Vallecano.

Chelsea were indeed linked with Abdennour in the summer, before signing the recently departed Papy Djilobodji for a substantially smaller sum. With Djilobodji now on loan at Werder Bremen, Chelsea certainly have the space to accommodate a new central defender for the future.

Still relatively young for a defender at 26, Abdennour has proven himself in the Champions League, playing a key role in the Monaco team that reached last season’s quarter-finals. Abdennour has also been capped over 40 times for Algeria.