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Chelsea in position to sign AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile

Nick Emms

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Chelsea in position to sign AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile

Chelsea are 'positioning themselves' to sign AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, according to reports.

The Blues spent heavy in the summer, breaking their previous spending record for a single window.

This saw the likes of Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella join the club.

Despite three defenders joining, the Blues have been linked with making further defensive reinforcements in future windows.

Josko Gvardiol has been heavily linked with the move to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea hold a long-term interest in the Croatian.

Josko Gvardiol in action for RB Leipzig. (Alamy)
Josko Gvardiol in action for RB Leipzig. (Alamy)

However, now a new name has emerged.

As reported by L'Equipe, newly-capped France international Badiashile could arrive through the doors.

The report states that Chelsea have 'positioned themselves' for the signing in 'recebt weeks'.

However, AS Monaco are though to be holding off any interest in the defender.

He was previously linked with moves to Premier League sides including Newcastle United and Leicester City but remained in France during the transfer window.

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There remains a possibility that he could depart in the future, however.

Sport Witness have quoted recent comments from the defender, where he said: “Being humble and respectful does not mean not being ambitious.

"I know how to be patient. I’m at a big club, I’m playing and I don’t want to go any faster.

"If things have to be done, they will be done, like for the World Cup."

Benoît Badiashile during the French championship Ligue 1 football match between AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. (Alamy)
Benoît Badiashile during the French championship Ligue 1 football match between AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. (Alamy)

However, Badiashile played down speculation regarding his future, admitting that a departure may not be the best thing for his career.

He concluded: “You shouldn’t put pressure on yourself with a departure.

"We were talking about personality in a locker room, if I had left earlier, would I have worked as well as that in recent months?”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Chelsea Transfer News & Rumours, Transfers, AS Monaco, Football

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