Chelsea are ‘still interested’ in completing a deal for Dynamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Summer move blocked
The Premier League giants had agreed a £12.6m fee to sign the Russian last summer, but a move ended up being blocked shortly before the transfer deadline as a result of UK sanctions arising from his country’s ongoing war in Ukraine.
However, the Blues’ hopes were soon reignited after the 19-year-old admitted that he would jump at the chance to move to Stamford Bridge this month, and there has now been a fresh update delivered on the situation, despite links having recently quietened.
The Latest: Chelsea still want Zakharyan
In his CaughtOffside column The Daily Briefing, Romano revealed that Chelsea and Zakharyan would both still love to complete the proposed transfer, but admitted that it won’t be a quick fix given the number of other deals also being worked upon in SW6.
He wrote: “Chelsea are still interested in signing Zakharyan, for sure. He’s one of the talents they are following, but Chelsea are working on many deals so the timing cannot always be fast, that’s absolutely normal. The player would love to join Chelsea.”
Zakharyan at Chelsea?
The Verdict: Worth a shot
Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix is reportedly close to joining Chelsea on loan, and Zakharyan would appear to be one of potentially many following in the 23-year-old’s footsteps should he sign on the dotted line.
The Russian has five assists and two goals to his name in 16 outings this season and currently averages 2.7 key passes per 90 minutes (WhoScored), considerably more than any player in Potter’s squad, making him an exciting prospective signing.
The Chelsea manager now has the opportunity to bring in some of his own players during his first transfer window in charge at Stamford Bridge, and having been labelled a ‘diamond’ by Jacek Kulig, Zakharyan looks like one worth coughing up for.
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