Chelsea had reportedly agreed terms with Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes last week, ready to sign him as a Cesc Fabregas replacement this window.

However, PSG also made enquiries for the 24-year old, and unsurprisingly the Russian side upped their asking price to around £45 million. Chelsea had made two offers, the highest being around £32 million.

PSG have since turned their attentions to Idrissa Gueye, and are reportedly deep in negotiations to make that signing. And it appears this has forced Zenit to have a change of heart.

French outlet L’EQUIPE have reported that Chelsea still remain interested in signing Paredes, who is also keen on the move, and now Zenit are willing to drop their high asking price.

With Maurizio Sarri always maintaining the importance of replacing Fabregas, a deal now looks more likely of being reached between the two clubs.

Simon Phillips