CHELSEA have received a boost in their pursuit of Lucas Gourna-Douath with St-Etienne reportedly prepared to accept £22million.
Gourna-Douath is one of the hottest prospects in French football, and the talent is attracting interest from some of the very best sides in the Premier League, as well as a few Spanish clubs.
He has played 23 times in Ligue 1 this season earning praise for his performances from a deep-lying role, but despite all the transfer speculation, The youngster is also said to be keen on continuing his development with his boyhood club.
St-Etienne boss Claude Puel also wants him to be the future of his team, and is hoping that the French club would deter all speculation and keep him at the club for the next couple of seasons.
Reports in the SUN website have claimed that St-Etienne face being forced to sell at the end of this season as part of a mass player cull.
The Covid-19 has hit many football clubs hard over the past 12 months and they knew that they money they could get from the Sale of Douath would go a long way towards paying off some bills and maybe adding to the squad.
We all know that the club like to sign the best young players in the game and have the financial power to beat off all competition, so if the club really want to add the lad to the squad, there are not too many clubs out there that have the ability to out-spend the Chelsea board.
However, we do not need the lad