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Report: Chelsea closing in on signing Leandro Paredes

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Chelsea are reportedly closing in on signing Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint-Petersburg as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas

The Spanish playmaker ended his four and half year stay at Stamford Bridge this month in favour of a move to AS Monaco following a lack of game time.

Now Chelsea are short of midfield options and have begun a frantic search for a suitable replacement before the transfer window closes in less than two weeks time.

But The Express reports that Blues look set to succeed with a £31m deal for Paredes from Russian side Zenit on the verge of being completed.

The Argentina international could even make the squad for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash with Tottenham.

Paredes has been at Zenit since 2017 after joining from AS Roma for £24m and joins Chelsea after their failed bid for Cagliari’s Nicola Barella.