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Disparity in Chelsea’s valuation stalls Omeruo’s permanent deal

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Nigeria’s defender Kenneth Omeruo celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium on June 26 , 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Super Eagles’ defender, Kenneth Omeruo’s permanent deal with Leganes is currently being held up by a disparity in the valuation of the player by his parent club, Chelsea and the Spanish La Liga side, reports standard.co.uk.

Omeruo, who has never made a senior appearance for the Blues, is determined to leave Stamford Bridge for CD Leganes.

The La Liga side became the sixth different club to sign the Nigerian international on loan from Chelsea last term. They want to buy him now and have already had one offer rejected, but are prepared to increase their bid to £4.6m for the 25-year-old.

Chelsea reportedly wants slightly more than that, but there are feelers that the London club would accept Leganes bid before the window closes on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Galatasaray has opened talks with the Blues over taking midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan this season.
Chelsea is prepared to offload the France international, who has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since joining from Monaco for £40m in 2017.

Bakayoko spent the last campaign at AC Milan, who had an option to make the move permanent for £32m.

However, despite a string of fine performances in Serie A, AC Milan decided against it because they failed to qualify for the Champions League and couldn’t spend so much of their budget on just one player.

Bakayoko did report back for pre-season training with Chelsea last month, but hasn’t impressed under new coach Frank Lampard and played just 185 minutes.

He has been left out of the club’s last two friendlies against Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach, working back at the club’s base in Cobham instead. 

Rules dictate that Chelsea can name only 17 non-homegrown players in their ‘A list’ squad for the Champions League and 17 non-homegrown players aged over 21 for the Premier League.

Currently out of those members given squad numbers last week, Chelsea have two over the limit in the
As Standard Sport revealed, right-back Davide Zappacosta is another that could go elsewhere this month as Reece James is set to be the main back-up to Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back once he recovers from an ankle injury.


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