Chelsea have finally accepted a £11.5m offer from Leicester for Loic Remy and the Foxes are very close to a club-record deal, according to a report from The Sun.
Leicester’s dream to pull off the greatest triumph in Premier League history has gathered more pace following back-to-back victories against Stoke and Tottenham which put them three points clear at the league summit.
D Jamespiteie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa all contributing goals, manager Claudio Ranieri is desperate for more firepower.
And after Leicester’s bid for CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa and Inter Milan’s France U21 striker M’Baye Niang, their manager Claudio Ranieri is trying his best to persuade Chelsea to let go Remy. Manchester City were also interested in signing the former Newcastle and QPR attacker on a loan spell but later were informed that Chelsea will only accept a permanent deal.
Remy, who is also rumoured to be a target for a shock Newcastle return, is now desperate to move away from Stamford Bridge after a frustrating bit-part spell.
The transfer is expected to be completed on Monday, will likely give the 29-year-old French striker a glorious chance to become the first player since countryman Eric Cantona in 1993 to win back to back Premier Leagues with different clubs. After the signing of Brazilian striker Pato, Remy’s future also looks uncertain as he is now out with injury. Chelsea turned their sight to the former AC Milan striker to solve the persistent striker problems.
Hiddink might use Pato this weekend if he is fit enough to make it to the first eleven as Diego Costa’s latest injury setback a huge concern up front. However there are several reports claiming that Costa is fit to play in this weekend’s Cup fixture. However, some reports are also suggesting Pato can still make his debut for Chelsea on Sunday. Another injured absentee, loan flop Falcao still remains no nearer a return.
And with Patrick Bamford close to moving out on loan, Norwich most likely destination for him, Guus Hiddink will have to rely on youngsters like Bertrand Traore to support Diego Costa, who has bagged six goals in his last six appearances, until Pato regains full fitness to hit the ground running.