It is no longer news that English Premier League outfit Chelsea are keen on the signature of Russia topflight outfit Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.
It is reported that a bid has been tabled by the West London side for the star midfielder with talks expected to be opened in coming days after an agreement has been reached between both parties.
According to the report, the Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is at the forefront of the push for Leandro Paredes and is ready to do all within his powers to have him join the Stamford Bridge.
However, former Zenit St Petersburg chief Oreste Cinquini revealed that the Chelsea boss has been a long term suitor of the star player.
According to him, the Italian boss made an attempt for Leandro Paredes when he was in charge at Napoli but the deal failed along the way as both sides failed to agree on terms.
The former Zenit’s sporting director Cinquini revealed that Argentina international went ahead to make the decision to join the Russian side, snubbing the English Premier League side.
However, talks with Zenit are ongoing with a deal expected to be sealed before this January winter transfer window.