FC Koln leave door open for Chelsea to bid for £20m star

Date published: Friday 13th January 2017 8:55 - Daniel Roberts

Jonas Hector: Koln open to negotiation

FC Koln have played down speculation that they have received a bid for Jonas Hector from Chelsea after reports had emerged this week linking the left-back to Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte had reportedly sent scouts to watch the German international on more than one occasion, and it was deemed that Hector was versatile enough to cover numerous positions in the Blues’ 3-4-3 system.

However, Koln have squashed these claims, but manager Peter Stoger suggested they would be willing to talk to any club about a potential transfer.

The Austrian said: “I would not say that any player of any club in the world is not for sale, but we have extended Jonas’ contract and I think the player is clear – he knows what he wants.

“If there is any club Jonas is interested in, then we would talk to them. But Jonas didn’t say that he wants to leave the club and go to Chelsea so it doesn’t matter.

“If someone wants to leave the club then we have to talk about it, but not before.”

Chelsea, meanwhile, have also been told to expect a strong fight from Swansea as they look to keep hold of Fernando Llorente, while West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet has emerged as a shock new target.

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