Chelsea are set to complete the shock signing of Reading centre-back Michael Hector, having beaten Crystal Palace in the transfer race with an offer worth £4.5million.
Despite the fact that the Blues have successfully landed Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji for £2.7m - Nantes confirmed that deal earlier on today - it appears Jose Mourinho remains mindful of young talent, and Hector is the man on his radar.
It’s the Daily Mail who have the report with the most clarification regarding Hector’s potentially imminent switch to Stamford Bridge. They say a bid nearing the £5m mark has been submitted by Chelsea, trumping Palace’s interests in the process.
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The Blues being linked with centre-backs is nothing new of course. They tried and failed at various stages over the course of the summer to lure John Stones away from Everton, and the fact that they’ve looked shaky in recent weeks has done little to deter Mourinho in his pursuit of a solid defender.
However, Hector won’t be drafted in to compete for a first-team spot, or so the report makes clear. It’s rather understood that he’ll be loaned back to Reading to continue his development, making him an option for the future instead of the here and now.
Loan deal to be done
Given the fact that the 23-year-old has minimal experience at the top level that isn’t a huge surprise, and the Blues are known for preferring to loan out young talent on a regular basis.
It’s also highly unlikely that Hector’s signing will have any sort of impact on Mourinho’s wish to get Stones, who remains a top target at Stamford Bridge for future transfer windows.
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