It’s day 15 of the transfer window and iDONSABI brings you updates on all transfer stories making the rounds in the footballing world. The focus of the day is an impending deal by Chelsea for Leandro Paredes.
Chelsea on verge of Leandro Paredes deal
Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes has appeared as surprise targets for Chelsea in the wake of Cesc Fabregas’ move to AS Monaco. The Blues have reportedly agreed a deal with the Argentine but are yet to receive a response from Zenit.
Chelsea have delved into the transfer market in search of a replacement for Fabregas, tabling a £26.5 million bid for Paredes. The Argentine has agreed a £4 million-a-year deal with the London club but is yet to receive a green light from his current club to make the move.
Maurizio Sarri has also shown interest in Nicolo Barrella who plies his trade in Serie A for Cagliari. The manager had been so insistent on bringing the Italian to West London but had numerous offers rejected. Chelsea have since turned attention to Paredes following the failed transfer of Barrella.
Rumours have it that Zenit are unwilling to release the midfielder for any offers below £35 million. On the other hand, Chelsea are said to value the midfielder at £26.5 million and are not prepared to offer anything beyond that. So, as we can see, we have a fracas on our hands. How will the English club manage to get this deal over the line against all odds? We will wait to find out, won’t we?
What the deal could mean?
Leandro Paredes will likely come in as cover for Jorginho at Stamford Bridge following the departure of Fabregas to France. Naturally, the wonderkid is a defensive midfielder but is versatile enough to adapt to both central and attacking midfield roles.
Provided things go as planned, we could see the player in the famous blue colours of Chelsea before the end of the January transfer window. His contract will fetch him £80,000-a-week.
I feel Paredes will be a decent replacement for Fabregas. Even though the midfielder has not been proven at the highest level just yet but he might turn out to be a hit at the Bridge.