Chelsea ready to pay up to £20m to sign 25-year-old defender – report

Chelsea are prepared to pay up to £20m to sign Cedric Soares from Southampton this summer, say reports

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Chelsea are prepared to pay up to £15m-£20m to sign Cedric Soares from Southampton this month, according to reports in the British media.

The Evening Standard is reporting that the west London side are keen on landing the defender as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his squad for his second season in charge at the club.

However, the same report states that Southampton have indicated that Chelsea will have to pay significantly more than £20m if they want to sign Soares this summer.

The same story says Conte is lining up Soares as a player to compete with Victor Moses for the right wing-back role at Stamford Bridge this season, although it remains to be seen if they will be able to convince the Saints to sell.

The article says that Southampton want to keep hold of the player and would only consider selling Soares for a “silly” offer.

Chelsea have signed Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata so far this summer.

The Blues are currently preparing for their crunch Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday as they look to bounce back from their shock opening day defeat by Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

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