Chelsea have sophisticated conversations with Zenit above a deal for Leandro Paredes, in accordance to experiences in Italy.
Maurizio Sarri has urged the club to indication a new central midfielder this month with Cesc Fabregas set to be a part of Monaco.
Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella is on Chelsea’s shortlist and the 21-yr-old has been contacted by Gianfranco Zola about a likely shift to Stamford Bridge.
But Sportitalia report that Chelsea’s hierarchy are unwilling to shell out €45 million (£40.6m) on Barella as they also will need a major portion of their spending plan to signal a new striker for the duration of the January transfer window.
It is claimed that Chelsea are now progressing talks with Zenit above a transfer for Paredes and the sturdy partnership in between the two golf equipment could enjoy a critical component in discussions.
Paredes, who joined Zenit from Roma in the summer season of 2017, is valued at €35m (£31.5m) by the Russian club.
Chelsea also confront levels of competition from AC Milan for Paredes immediately after the Serie A club skipped out on signing Fabregas.
Chelsea are continuing with their attempts to signal a new striker and previously this 7 days, studies in Spain claimed that Gonzalo Higuain has agreed a go to Stamford Bridge.
However, a transfer charge has not nevertheless been agreed and Chelsea’s hierarchy are reportedly acquiring 2nd thoughts about likely investing around €40m (£36m) on a player who turned 31 in December.
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy are viewed as option alternatives.
In the meantime, Alvaro Morata’s agent has held talks with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla over a doable loan transfer this month, but Chelsea will not approve his exit right up until a alternative is signed.