Chelsea fans have been sent into meltdown after Leandro Paredes dropped a major hint that he’s set to join the club.
Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea need to make at least two more signings this January and reports suggest both Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Paredes, 24, and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, 21, are on their way to Stamford Bridge.
Both are being viewed as long-term replacements for Cesc Fabregas after the legendary Spaniard completed a move to Monaco earlier this week.
Zenit value Paredes at around €35million (£31.m) and it appears Chelsea are on the verge of signing the Argentina international – that’s if his social media antics are anything to go by.
The midfielder retweeted a ‘Welcome to Chelsea’ compilation video and the deal is as good as done for some fans.
As you might imagine, Chelsea supporters were quick to respond on Twitter…
@KhaledEH10 @NinoBrown0728 @LParedss @Kvng_Ehis @ayussdollar1988 Welcome fab replacement #CFC #paredes—
Yussif Ampadu (@ayussdollar1988) January 12, 2019
@NinoBrown0728 @LParedss @Kvng_Ehis Welcome to Chelsea @LParedss—
MANGO (@Mangochutney__) January 12, 2019
@NinoBrown0728 @Kvng_Ehis Welcome 🐐 Leo to Chelsea fc🧢🦋💙💙💙—
V (@VintageLampar8) January 12, 2019
@NinoBrown0728 @Kvng_Ehis Welcome to cfc 💙💙💙💙—
Abdul Rahman (@rahmanabood14) January 12, 2019
@NinoBrown0728 @LParedss @Kvng_Ehis Welcome to the pride of London lad, keep the blue flag flying—
Bakabulindi mark (@Kaggwamark) January 12, 2019
@NinoBrown0728 @LParedss @Kvng_Ehis Welcome idolo ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙—
➕KRISTO➕ (@NeNe_Kake0) January 12, 2019
@NinoBrown0728 @LParedss @Kvng_Ehis Welcome to chelsea Leandro 💙🦁👑—
CFC Blue Ultras (@CFCbluepride) January 12, 2019
Sarri refused to be drawn into speculation about specific players in his latest press conference, but did admit his squad would need a replacement for Fabregas.
‘If Cesc wants to go then we need a replacement,’ the Italian said.
‘I don’t know the situation of Loftus-Cheek, if it is serious. Without Cesc we are only five, we need a replacement.’