Toffees stuck in Argentine midfielder race with Chelsea - reports

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Chelsea and Everton are battling for the signature of Lucho Gonzalez, the Argentine midfielder, according to talkSPORT.

The 30-year-old is set to leave Marseille this summer and have a number of potential suitors tracking his progress.

And two of those interested are Premier League duo Chelsea and Everton, and the player's agent Federico Simonian says a move is imminent.

Simonian said: "I think the player will play in England or Italy. It is not true that Malaga have made a bid. In fact their offer was very low and almost disrespectful."


Everton are keen to build upon their wafer thin squad after an impressive seventh placed finish in the Barclays Premier League last season.

Fortunately for David Moyes, everyone aren't having to re-build following the sale of Jack Rodwell as the England Under-21 international has stayed put at Goodison Park.

As for Chelsea, new manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to replace the injured Michael Essien, and Gonzalez, despite being two years older that the Ghanian, is seen as an ideal replacement.

After finishing second in Ligue 1 last season, Marseille will play in the Champions League, but Argentine Gonzalez needn't worry about missing out on European football should he make the move to Chelsea.

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