Chelsea have finally started formal talks with Paris Saint-Germain over an £18million transfer which would see Ezequiel Lavezzi switch to Stamford Bridge this summer.
According to Metro, citing French newspaper Le 10 Sport, negotiations were well underway yesterday and Jose Mourinho will offer the player a lucrative contract in order to trade the Parc des Princes for west London. The Argentine winger has been on the Chelsea boss’ radar for sometime now, and the prospect of him linking up with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar is fast becoming a reality.
Despite having made a big money move from Napoli in 2012, Lavezzi has largely failed to make a lasting impact in France, and manager Laurent Blanc is said to be ready to dispense of certain players so that he can fund his own transfer endeavours. Edinson Cavani and young centre-back Marquinhos are also believed to be amongst those gearing up for an exit from Ligue 1, though it would appear their team-mate is one step ahead.
BLOW FOR ARSENE WENGER
Arsenal may well have ended their long trophy drought when they lifted the F.A Cup last term, but fans could well be in for yet another frustrating summer transfer window. Having already seen Arsene Wenger pass up on the opportunity to sign Francesc Fabregas, they now face losing out on Lavezzi as well, as the 29-year-old was wanted by both the Gunners and Chelsea. Reports earlier on this week appeared to confirm that a battle was to ensure for his signature, but Mourinho seems to be firmly leading Wenger if that is the case.
CHELSEA’S BUSY WINDOW
Having already sealed a deal to sign Fabregas, and almost certainly Diego Costa too, Mourinho has sounded out loud and clear his intentions to return Chelsea to the dominant force they were under his first stewardship of the club. Were Lavezzi to sign on at Stamford Bridge he would add yet more attacking flair to a squad already bursting at the seams with creativity, and with speculation stating that the Blues also want a new centre-back, it would a surprise if they stopped after landing the Argentine.