Exclusive: Chelsea & Besiktas locked in advanced talks for Nigeria international defender

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Chelsea and Besiktas are locked in advanced talks for Nigeria international defender Kenneth Omeruo according to BBC journalist Oluwashina Okeleji.

Okeleji told Emre Sarigul that talks between the two clubs are ongoing but that a personal agreement has yet to be reached.

“Besiktas are in advanced talks with Chelsea but nothing has been agreed with the player,” Okeleji said.

The Nigerian international defender was one of 26 Chelsea players loaned out last season and one of two who joined Turkish Super Lig sides on a temporary move.

Omeruo had an impressive debut season at Istanbul minnows Kasimpasa, establishing himself as a first-team regular.

Despite being contracted to Chelsea, Omeruo has yet to play for the Blues and enjoyed a loan stint at Middlesbrough before joining Kasimpasa.

The 22-year-old settled well into life in Turkey and would be moving to one of the most widely-supported and financial powerful sides in the Super Lig were he to make the move.

Besiktas won the league title last season, but struggled defensively conceding the highest number of goals in the top three.

The Istanbul giants would be able to offer Omeruo a shot at playing at a title-challenging side with Champions League football if the deal goes ahead.

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