Chelsea linked with Adam Johnson

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Updated: July 27, 2011

According to reports on Talksport Chelsea are lining up a shock move for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.

Chelsea Andre Villas-Boas is thought to be an admirer of the 24-year-old and has been keeping tabs on him during pre-season.

Former Middleborough star Johnson was not an automatic first choice for City last season although he did feature in 31 Premier League games, only 15 of those were starts.

It is very unlikely however that Mancini would sell Johnson especially to a rival and without having a replacement lined up. City do have James Milner and Shaun Wright Phillips on their books but Miler has yet to win Mancini over since his big money move last year while Wright Phillips is thought to be seeking a move of his own in a bid to play first team football.

Chelsea are looking for an out and out winger as they strive to get the best out of a strike partnership of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres and Villas Boas views Johnson’s natural width and pace as a good additional to the Blues squad.

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