Chelsea have opened negotiations with Schalke over the possible transfer of promising defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Stamford Bridge club have been in talks with the Bundesliga side for the 21-year-old.
However, Chelsea have baulked at the €22.5million price tag placed on him by his club, which has temporarily stalled negotiations.
The Greece international has made a name for himself in recent times with some very assured performances for Schalke and it seems as though Chelsea are not the only club to have taken notice.
Liverpool have been credited with an interest in Papadopoulos this season, with Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers seeing him as the perfect addition to fill the hole left by retiring Jamie Carragher.
Chelsea’s interest could have a lot to do with the long-term fitness of skipper John Terry, as the 32-year-old has been unable to play two games in a week for the second half of this season and Papadopoulos could be seen as a replacement.
However, it appears as though Schalke will have to lower their asking price if a deal is to be done, as the report claims Chelsea have plainly refused to pay that much.
Papadopoulos is currently sidelined with a knee injury and has struggled for fitness all season, though last year he was an integral part of the Royal Blues’ Europa League run.