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Chelsea ‘agree personal terms’ with January transfer deal ‘progressing fast’



Chelsea are set to splash the cash in January.

Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, with a January transfer deal progressing fast. The Blues spent £271million on a whole host of new faces in the summer but could delve back into the transfer market in the New Year to bolster their squad again.

Badiashile came through the Monaco academy before making his first-team debut against Paris Saint-Germain as a 17-year-old in 2018. The centre-back has gone on to make 135 appearances for Monaco and has experience playing in the Champions League and the Europa League.

According to CBS Sports Golazo, Chelsea are impressed by Badiashile’s calmness on the ball, his aggression and his imposing aerial qualities. And they could attempt to seal the deal in January.

Badiashile was born in the French city of Limoges in 2001 and went on to represent his country at five different age grades. He won 17 caps for the France under-21s team, before being handed his senior France debut by Didier Deschamps in a Nations League clash against Austria in September.

Graham Potter
Chelsea could be set to delve into the transfer market in January (Image: GETTY)

The now-21-year-old won his second cap against Denmark three days later but wasn’t part of the France squad that reached the final of the World Cup in Qatar.

Badiashile has appeared in 11 Ligue 1 games this season and also started five of his team’s Europa League group matches as Monaco finished second to Ferencvaros. The French club are now set to go head-to-head with Bayer Leverkusen in a two-legged play-off match in February, with the winner of the tie securing their place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Benoit Badiashile
Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea were taken over by Todd Boehly at the end of May, with the club since spending heavily to bring in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But after an indifferent start to the season under Thomas Tuchel, Boehly wielded the axe and instead appointed Graham Potter as manager.

Potter enjoyed a strong start to life at Stamford Bridge and guided his team to the last 16 of the Champions League after winning Group E of the competition. But after failing to win in five consecutive Premier League matches ahead of the World Cup, the Blues have fallen to eighth in the top-flight table.

Chelsea overcame Bournemouth 2-0 on their return to Premier League action earlier this week. And with matches against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace to come either side of an encounter with Manchester City, Potter will be desperate to pick up points in the coming weeks

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