PSG holding off selling Chinese Super League target; keen to have maximum options for Chelsea bout

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Paris Saint-Germain may delay Ezequiel Lavezzi‘s proposed move to China in order to have him available for the Champions League bout against Chelsea.

PSG dumped the Blues out of the European Cup in the Last 16 last season, and the pair are set for a rematch again this term after being drawn together at the same stage.

PSG finished runners up in their group, but certainly have the momentum ahead of their bout with group-winners Chelsea, who are enduring a miserable season in the Premier League.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions are runaway leaders in France, and enjoy a 24-point lead at the top of the table, while the Blues find themselves in midtable in the EPL following a miserable campaign.

PSG forward Lavezzi has been linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes, with Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League keen to recruit the versatile forward, according to Le Parisien.

However, speaking to reporters after PSG’s weekend victory over arch rivals Marseille—again as reported by the Parisian source—Laurent Blanc has admitted that they may wait until after the first leg against Chelsea before offloading the attacker, in light of the club’s current injury concerns.

“The club are in discussions with ‘Pocho’,” Blanc admitted. “There must be some consideration about whether his depart is before or after February 16 [the date of the away match at Stamford Bridge].

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“If tomorrow we still have injuries, we’ll have to think about it.”

The likes of Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore and Gregory van der Wiel have all suffered with fitness concerns in recent times.

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