Chelsea are in a three-way Premier League transfer tussle for the signature of Colombian World Cup star Wilmar Barrios, according to TYC Sports.
TYC report that defensive midfielder Barrios, who was showcased on the wider stage out in Russia this summer, can be bought from December onwards.
He is with Boca Juniors at this moment in time but with a reported release clause of 18m euros, his price is fairly reasonable, which has attracted attention.
The report claims that Chelsea, their London rivals Tottenham and Everton – who are reportedly the keenest – are the three teams in the battle for Barrios’ signature.
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Barrios’ modest release clause may attract attention, but the evidence from the World Cup is that he is a fairly limited defensive midfielder, and from a Chelsea perspective, N’Golo Kante is clearly superior.
He also completely lost his head in the last 16 tie against England, head-butting Jordan Henderson and showing no ability to compose himself as a feisty game wore on.
Further, even from an Everton point of view, battling midfielders Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin offer the same qualities, without the need to spend £16m.