Yesterday Chelsea lost to Porto 2-1 in UEFA Champions League but according to French media outlet L’Equipe Chelsea could still benefit from the defeat as they played against one of their targets Giannelli Imbula.
It was quite a shocker when the French young sensation joined Porto for their club record fee €23 million from Marseille despite interest from AC Milan, Inter Milan and Chelsea.
But the leading French media publication is reporting that the 23-year-old Frenchman is finding it difficult to adapt in the new country.
He has failed to perform what people expect from a record signing which might be a result of the huge pressure on him to justify his transfer fee.
He has only played five games this season and made one assist and taking a long time to adapt to the conditions in Portugal.
While his time with Marseille, Guy Hillion or Tony White, the well-known Chelsea scouts were among regular attendees to see the promising midfielder.
It is reported that Chelsea are looking for the Frenchman once again after the poor showing from the Chelsea players. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic look like a shadow of themselves from the last season and Imbula’s overall midfield attributes are attracting the eyes for Mourinho once again to bolster his midfield.
L’Equipe reports that the reigning Premier League champions still remain in contact with the player’s father and agent, Willy Ndangi, meaning their interest in him may not be over yet.
Imbula has not much to time in Porto to start impressing the manager Julen Lopetegui as he is not a very patient man and will be looking to cash in the talented midfielder next season if he does not get his demands from him.
Thanks to his brilliant performances in Marseille, Porto will not find it hard to recoup the money they spent in Imbula and with teams like Chelsea still interested, it will even become easier.
Imbula is not the only Port player who is on Chelsea shortlist. His teammates Ruben Neves and Yacine Brahimi are also wanted at Stamford Bridge and they way the duo performed yesterday to secure Chelsea’s defeat, they are also likely to be attracting bids from underperforming Chelsea in January.