Chelsea are making a serious move for Lazio fullback Stefan Radu.

Tuttosport says Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is chasing the Romania international defender for the January market.

Chelsea have made contact with Radu's agent, Victor Becali, to sound out the player's interest in moving to London.

With Radu yet to settle on new contract talks with Lazio, should the Rome club choose to sell, Chelsea can expect competition from Barcelona, where coach Pep Guardiola is also an admirer of the Romanian.