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Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett claims Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes could be in-bound for Chelsea this month.
The Argentine has been a standout performer in Russia this season and his performances have reportedly caught the attentions of boss Maurizio Sarri, who is desperate to add another midfielder to the squad this window with Cesc Fabregas all set for a move to Monaco.
And reports have even suggested we have begun talks to sign Paredes in a deal worth around £27 million, while many more have indicated that they are in talks to sign Cagliairi ace Nicolo Barella.
Now Dorsett has claimed Paredes is keen to move to London, as talks are progressing well.
He told the Sky Sports website: “We are fully expecting him [Fabregas] to leave Stamford Bridge imminently really after his emotional farewell to fans in the FA Cup on Saturday,” Dorsett said,
“Still we wait for news that the Chelsea bosses will let him go now. He’s out of contract in the summer and we understand he has now agreed a three-year contract to join Thierry Henry at Monaco in the summer.
“But Monaco and Fabregas want the move to happen now. Chelsea want a replacement before they let that happen. Chelsea are looking at a number of replacements and Barella is a key man in the chain.
“Sarri’s a big admirer of the player and he’d cost £45million but he has competition for him. Our colleagues at Sky in Italy are reporting that Sarri’s former club Napoli have emerged as favourites.
“There’s also interest in Leandro Parades, he’s at Zenit St Petersburg. The information we have is that negotiations with Chelsea are developing and the Argentinian is keen on a move to the Premier League.
“He’s got lots of experience at Serie A with Chievo, Roma and Empoli.”
Maurizio Sarri has admitted that Willian will not be leaving Chelsea this January transfer window, amid Barcelona links.
Willian has become an integral part of Sarri’s side this season after rejecting a move to Barcelona in the summer, as he was persuaded by the Italian to stay put and try to help the club get back into the Champions League places.
However, there has been speculation in the media over the past few days which have claimed Barcelona have made a £55 million offer to take Willian away from Stamford Bridge, and would even let Brazilian Malcom leave as part of the deal.
But Sarri has reacted very quickly and announced that it would be ‘impossible’ for him to let Willian leave the club this month, telling Sky Sports news: “I didn’t receive anything yesterday. I have no idea.
“You have to contact the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market, you put me in trouble because I don’t know how to answer. As you know, Willian for us is very important.
“I think he can do better, he can do better because of his potential but he is really very important to us, so I think it is impossible to lose him in January.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Bayern Munich have lacked respect over their approach for 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Odoi is now considered one of the best talents in England and his performances have caught the attentions of German Champions Bayern, who see him as the next Jadon Sancho.
Reports in the media over the last weeks have claimed Bayern have made four bids to try and seal a deal for Hudson-Odoi this January, all which have been rejected by the club as we are keen to keep him at the club and help in his development.
With only eighteen months to go on his current contract, we are keen to nail him down to a new contract and eventually reap the benefits of how good he will become in the coming seasons.
And Sarri has opened up on the interest of Bayern, claiming they are being very unprofessional in the pursuit of Odoi.
He said on the Sky Sports website: “I think that it’s not professional because they are talking about a player under contract at Chelsea.
“They didn’t respect our club, I think. I don’t know what to say, I do not know the situation. I am very, very happy with the player because the player is improving.”
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