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Chelsea open talks with Zenit for Leandro Paredes

Chelsea have opened talks with Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Maurizio Sarri is very much in the market for a new centre-mid, also chasing Cagliari youngster Nicolo Barella.

The latest reports in Italy suggest the Blues are closer to a deal with Paredes as Barella would cost too much.

Barella, 21, is thought to cost around £55million, with Paredes set to be much less, at closer to £30m.

Now Chelsea will turn to former Roma star Paredes, 24, in a bid to solve their revolving door of a central midfield, but will face competition from AC Milan.

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