Chelsea in advanced talks with Lille defender about summer move

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Chelsea in advanced talks with Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes. With play being suspended it’s expected that clubs won’t be up to much just now, but it could actually be a great time to complete some business. Magalhaes has vast potential and can become a top-class defender.

Clubs around the world will be concerned about their finances going forward, and scouting can still be done remotely. Although it might not be ideal, there could be some bargains to be had. Frank Lampard wants to bolster the back-line during the summer transfer window.

This comes just a couple of days after Sky Sports reported that Toffees were looking to make a move for him, with his value expected to be nearly £30m. Gabriel has been impressive at centre back in Ligue 1 this campaign, but he’s also shown the ability to play in midfield when needed.

The London giants didn’t do much business in winter despite their transfer ban being lifted, so this could be the first major signing in a big Summer for the English manager. Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax during the winter transfer window.