English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea has received a major blow in couple of their transfer pursuits this season. Lazio star Antonio Candreva is inching closer to sign for Inter Milan while Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda will likely sign for Crystal Palace, dumping The Blues in the process.
Inter Milan is reportedly offering a sum of $22.16 million for the attacking midfielder and is looking to complete the signing after the completion of Euro 2016. However, the only edge Chelsea has over Inter at the moment is the current Italy coach Antonio Conte. Conte will begin his innings as the Stamford Bridge supremo after Euro 2016 and would like to add Candreva to his setup, according to Gazetta World, via Daily Star.
Lazio are reportedly demanding a fee of $27.36 million for the 29-year-old and Chelsea are willing to meet the valuation of the player. However, Inter seems to be ahead at the moment in terms of acquiring the signature of Candreva.
Meanwhile, French international goalkeeper Mandanda will likely dump the offers made by Chelsea and Everton and sign for Crystal Palace. The 31-year-old sat with The Blues hierarchy earlier this month but is looking to progress his career elsewhere than at Stamford Bridge, according to L’Equippe, via Daily Express.
The main reason behind Mandanda dumping Chelsea is believed to be Thibaut Courtois. The Frenchman will be back-up to the Belgian if he decided to ply his tread at Stamford Bridge. However, at Crystal Palace he has a greater chance of featuring in the starting eleven over Wayne Hennessey or Julian Speroni.
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