Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Southampton right-back Cedric Soares, according to the London Evening Standard.
The London Evening Standard claim that the Blues’ interest in Cedric dates back to April, with Antonio Conte keen to draft him in in order to provide competition for Victor Moses at right-wing-back.
As per the London Evening Standard, the Premier League champions are willing to part with a fee in the region of £15M-£20M in order to secure the Portugal international’s services this summer – but his current employers are said to be demanding a ‘silly’ fee.
It is reported that Cedric would be interested in making the switch to Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window, but only if the two parties can find an agreement over the transfer fee. The London Evening Standard seem to think that it’s unlikely they will.
The London Evening Standard do, however, deliver some good news in reporting that we are yet to end our pursuit of Cedric’s Saints teammate Virgil Van Dijk.