Chelsea to hold off on Loic Remy sale until after PSG and Manchester City fixtures

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Chelsea will wait until the aftermath of crucial ties against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City next week to decide whether to sell Loic Remy, according to the Evening Standard.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks as he struggles to hold down a regular place in the Blues' starting XI.

Reports suggest he agreed a loan move to Leicester City last month only for bad weather to prevent him from travelling to the East Midlands and signing a contract.


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Chinese Super League outfits Shanghai Shenhua and Hebei Fortune have now emerged as the latest contenders to swoop for the out-of-favour forward, with the former reportedly willing to cough up some serious cash.

Shanghai, one of the many big-spending Chinese clubs who have made headlines of late, are prepared to pay Chelsea £11 million in addition to offering Remy a handsome £106,000-per-week salary.

No details of an offer from Hebei Fortune have been publicised, but with the Chinese transfer window open until February 26, there is plenty of time for them to step up their interest.

However, Chelsea face a massive away leg against PSG in the Champions League before an FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to City within the coming week, which could pose problems for Remy’s suitors.

Guus Hiddink has just two fully fit strikers in Diego Costa and Remy at present, with Radamel Falcao recovering from a thigh injury and loan signing Alexandre Pato some way off being match fit.

With recognised goalscorers in short supply, the Dutchman would understandably be reluctant to see the back of the Frenchman ahead of two crunch fixtures.

Chelsea’s only reasonable chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is through winning the competition this year, though PSG pose a difficult test to overcome.

And given their abysmal title defence, the Blues’ FA Cup run has also become a higher priority than usual as they scramble to salvage whatever silverware they can from a disastrous campaign.

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