Chelsea’s hopes of securing a quick deal for Southampton full back Cedric Soares have been dealt a blow, after the Evening Standard revealed that the Saints won’t accept an offer of £20m for the Portuguese international.
The Blues have been struggling to land a right full back all summer with moves for Dani Alves and Danilo having both failed. Valencia’s Joao Cancelo meanwhile is set to join Inter Milan on loan, and a deal for PSG’s Serge Aurier remains complicated.
Soares was perceived as a good alternative with the 25 year old already having two years of Premier League experience, as well as being available for a relatively low price compared to other targets.
Southampton’s takeover by a Chinese consortium has however changed things. The South coast club are under no pressure to sell and the Standard say only a “silly offer” would see the right back being allowed to leave.
One interesting development that may offer some hope for Chelsea though is a report in the Times today. Journalist Matt Hughes is reporting that Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has been told by the club’s new owners he will have to sell before he buys anymore players this summer, which could mean that Soares may be allowed to leave for the right price.