Chelsea have revived their interest in signing one of the season’s in-form Premier League strikers this summer as they weigh up a bid for West Ham United front-man Enner Valencia, according to Fichajes.net.
Although the Spanish site, which roughly translates to ‘transfers’ in English, isn’t known for its reliability this story has been replicated by the Metro and the player himself has recently spoken out on the links.
The Daily Express reported that the 25-year-old admitted he knows of interest from the Blues, but there are other options open for him after the Copa America ends.
He said: “We are going to see what happens after the Copa America – a competition in which I think we are going to do good things. I have heard of the [interest from] Chelsea, yes. And other teams. But we are going to wait. You have to see what happens. If it is for my good and that of West Ham, then it is welcome.”
The striker is playing for Ecuador in the competition, which starts on 11 June and ends on July 4. So it could be a month until this transfer saga is completed if his country make it all the way to the final.
With five years left on his contract at Upton Park the Hammers aren’t too worried about losing the forward for less than he’s worth. The Stamford Bridge outfit could well be interested in Valencia anyway though, who could potentially replace Didier Drogba at the club. The Blues legend is leaving after coming back for a short second spell this season.