Abramovich link emerges as Chelsea edge closer to ending left-back hunt

Date published: Sunday 31st May 2020 11:53 - Jonny Whitfield

Chelsea have edged ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Alex Telles after making further contact with the representatives of the Porto left-back, according to a report.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is reportedly keen to sign a new left-back this summer, having given chances to both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri this season.

Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is said to be a target but Telles, who has scored 10 goals and assisted nine others this season, has been heavily linked in recent weeks.

Recent reports suggested that PSG – who are also in need of a new left-back with Layvin Kurzawa set to leave – had all but wrapped up a €25million deal for Telles.

However, Le10 Sport claims that Chelsea have edged back ahead of the French champions and have a “good lead” over their rivals after making further contact with the player’s entourage.

The Daily Express also claims that Telles has changed agents and is now represented by Pini Zahivi, who helped Roman Abrahmovich purchase Chelsea in 2003.

It is claimed that such a move could open further avenues for the Blues in their hunt to sign Telles.

Indeed, Porto could be pressured into selling Telles when the transfer window re-opens, given that his contract expires next summer and the risk of a free transfer is beginning to open up.

Chelsea were keen on signing another attacker in the January transfer window and after failing to do so, the Blues continue to be heavily linked with Jadon Sancho.

However, the Borussia Dortmund winger is expected to cost upwards of £100million and a report has claimed that Samuel Chukwueze and Moussa Dembele are also on Lampard’s radar.

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