Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has reportedly entered into negotiations with Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.
The France international has made it clear to the Stamford Bridge hierarchy that he would like to leave after accepting he is not in the long-term plans of new manager Roberto di Matteo, according to The Sun.
The report claims the Blues are open to his departure if they can secure a fee in the region of £3million, despite Malouda still having another year left on his deal.
Vasco are not the only Brazilian club interested in acquiring the 32-year-old, Fluminense are keen and Malouda’s former Lyon teammate Juninho currently plays there, but the former are clear favourites.
Malouda moved to Chelsea for £13million from the French club in 2007 and was a regular in the starting line-up, but has since been reduced to the role of a bit-part player.
A desire to move to South America is likely fuelled by the fact his wife, Florencia, is from Brazil and that he is from French Guiana, which shares a border with the continent’s largest country.
The report also claims that former Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari wanted to try and sign his former charge, but pulled out of the deal when the Blues made it clear they would not consider a loan deal.