Date published: Monday 14th January 2019 10:29
Chelsea are stepping up their switch efforts to stamp the Argentina midfielder they occupy got identified as Maurizio Sarri’s Quantity one replacement to replace Cesc Fabregas.
Leandro Paredes has emerged because the Blues’ Quantity one target to occupy in for experienced Spanish midfielder Fabregas, who closing week carried out a £10m swap to France with Monaco.
Sarri has £57m summer signing Jorginho, Staunch Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic, World Cup semi-finalist Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante as his alternatives within the center – nonetheless replacing Fabregas has change into one of many club’s foremost targets this month – as has bringing in a recent striker.
The Blues occupy been linked with Liverpool and Barcelona target Adrien Rabiot, nonetheless it appears Parades is their Quantity one target after it changed into as soon as reported that Chelsea had launched a £26.8m converse to snare him from his Russian aspect Zenit St Petersburg.
Zenit paid £24m plus add-ons to Roma for Paredes in 2017, nonetheless it’s reported the 24-year-old has had his head grew to alter into by Chelsea’s hobby and is enthusiastic to carry out the switch.
And Sarri admitted Chelsea’s midfield failings after Saturday evening’s now not easy-fought 2-1 victory over Newcastle, asserting: “This day Jorginho changed into as soon as in effort and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that internet internet site. I need an option for Jorginho.
“After the aim I glean we thought ‘now it’s uncomplicated’, nonetheless it wasn’t.
“We slept for 20, 25 minutes, so at the tip of the first 1/2 we occupy been in effort. We want to enhance within the psychological reaction.”
Paredes has emerged as a like-for-like replace for Fabregas as illustrated by his 87.5% tear accuracy charge within the Russian Premier League this season. The player additionally has two assists.
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