Chelsea are set to miss out on the signing of Leandro Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg after PSG made a bid to gazump the west London club, per The Telegraph’s Matt Law.
From what I'm told, Chelsea looked at Paredes, had a deal agreed in principle if they wanted to do it, but ultimately backed away before PSG came in. They are still unsure whether or not to sign a midfielder this month.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 23, 2019
The Blues had reportedly agreed a deal in principle for the midfielder, who has made 22 appearances for the club thus far this season, per Transfermarkt.
Paredes played in Serie A prior to his move to Zenit and is well known to Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, who continues to seek a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniard was allowed to join AS Monaco earlier this month in a deal that did not include a transfer fee, according to the BBC.
However, Paredes is not set to move to Stamford Bridge and is instead poised to move to the Parc des Princes.
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The Telegraph claim that PSG will pay €40m (£34.9m) for Paredes, who has also won nine caps for Argentina.
Chelsea did manage to complete the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus on Wednesday, reports the club’s official website.
The striker moves to the club to bolster their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, having spent the first half of the season on loan at AC Milan.
However, despite their joy at securing a striker, Blues fans on Twitter are disappointed at the news that Paredes will not be joining his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.
This whole Higuain saga has basically made everyone blind to the fact that we had 24 year old Paredes in our hands and we've let him go to PSG instead.
We will definitely need him, Jorginho can't play all games and needs competition..
— Mod (@CFCMod_) January 24, 2019
With Paredes seemingly not in reach (if you believe the reports), Aouar is not a bad option, you know.
— Udit (@uditCFC) January 24, 2019
Do not like the Higuain signing distract you from the fact that Chelsea bottled deals for Barella and Paredes.
Sarri continuously has said that we need a Cesc replacement. He sees Ampadu as a CB. Jorginho is getting no rest, and now he has no true competition. Brilliant work.
— – (@_ShafCFC) January 23, 2019
Good thing we signed Higuain just in time to lose out on Paredes 😒 #CFC
— Bryon James (@Bryon__James) January 23, 2019
Barca left Rabiot and went after PSG target Frenkie
PSG left Frenkie and went after Chelsea target Paredes
Only one move is left,Chelsea going after PSG Rabiot
But trust Chelsea to lose out on that transfer circle
— #FLEMZEEY CFC (@_flemzeey) January 24, 2019
Stupid club why did we let Cesc leave
— Eden Azarrrrrrrrd🇧🇪 (@EdenAzard10) January 24, 2019
One more signing in January please Chelsea. Paredes would have been perfect imo #CFC
— ChelseaSarri (@ChelseaHomeAway) January 23, 2019
Why are we so thick? We needed a replacement for Fabregas and weren’t going to let him go until we get one… we let him go, have a deal with Paredes but we don’t sign him and still don’t have a replacement… lack of ambition man #ChelseaFC #CFC https://t.co/5vAeK2UaEq
— Hashim CFC (@Hashyy131) January 23, 2019