Chelsea have had an opening bid for Southampton defender Cedric Soares rejected, according to reports.
After having pursued him last summer, Chelsea management – according to London Evening Standard – are again keen on the Portugal international.
The Blues have reportedly submitted a £20million bid for the 26-year-old which was immediately rejected, however another bid could be made.
However, the report states that “it is understood that Southampton will only consider selling should they receive a ‘silly offer’.”
The former Sporting Lisbon player joined St. Mary’s Stadium in summer 2015 and has a contract which runs until 2020.
This news comes after Juventus confirmed that they have rejected another approach from Chelsea for Alex Sandro.
According to Standard Sport: “Chelsea are willing to give Sandro a contract worth in excess of £100,000-a-week” and were “relying on the Brazil international to ask for a move to push the deal through”.