Chelsea rival Arsenal for Inter Milan veteran Vieira

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira is a shock target for Chelsea -if they can get their transfer ban overturned.

The Sun says manager Carlo Ancelotti sees Vieira as a perfect replacement for Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel when the pair go to the African Nations in January.

Vieira, 33, has not played for Inter Milan this term and watched Chelsea beat Liverpool on Sunday.

The Blues cannot sign players for the next two transfer windows after the Gael Kakuta saga. And they face competition from Vieira's old club Arsenal.