Stamford Bridge side ready to make move for Goodison Park pair.
Chelsea have joined Manchester United and Paris St-Germain as the leading clubs who are considering a move for the Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines, who is valued at around £15m by his club.
Baines, 28, has emerged as one of the finest left-backs in Europe this season and has two years left on his existing deal at Everton after this season. It is highly unlikely that David Moyes would sanction Baines’ sale next month, but the player is expected to be the subject of some interest come the summer.
United refused to pay Everton’s £15m valuation of Baines last summer but he has subsequently had his best season yet.
Chelsea will offer more than £20million in a bid to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton next month.
The Belgium international is facing a lengthy ban from the Football Association after head-butting Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross during three-off-the-ball incidents on Saturday.
But Chelsea had already decided to make a move for Fellaini before that game and will pursue their interest in the 25-year-old, who they see as key to strengthening their weak midfield.
SOURCE: Evening Standard
Having spent over £80m over the summer Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has clearly got the taste for spending money again and with a number of the Blues old guard likely to leave at the end of the season it appears that the Russian billionaire is getting his cheque book ready.
Moves to bring in Leighton Baines clearly fit well with the possible departure of England man Ashley Cole, who is out of contract in the summer, but Chelsea are just one of many sides keen on the Everton man who is in the best form of his career.
Interest in Marouane Fellaini could well be with a view to finding a long term replacement for Frank Lampard. Whilst clearly the Belgian is not a like for like style of player he is an advanced midfielder who weighs in with his fair share of goals, and could therefore be just what Chelsea may be looking for.
David Moyes will be loathed to lose any of his top performers and having sold Jack Rodwell to Man City over the summer there is perhaps less of a financial requirement to do so. However both players may feel that in order to continue their career progression they may have to leave Goodison Park.
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