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Chelsea lining up offer for Athletic Bilbao defender

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According to a report from Fichajes, Chelsea are keen on signing the Athletic Club Bilbao defender Aitor Paredes. The report claims that Chelsea are preparing an offer to sign the talented young defender worth around £17 million. Chelsea scouts have ‘closely followed’ him this season and they appear ready to step-up their interest.

Paredes has certainly been an important first-team player for Athletic Club Bilbao this season and he has established himself as a regular starter in La Liga.

Paredes to Chelsea could be a real possibility

It is no surprise that Chelsea are looking at defensive reinforcements given how many goals they have leaked this season. They have conceded 31 goals in 20 league matches. They will surely have to tighten up at the back if they want to compete for major trophies once again.

Meanwhile, Paredes has a contract with the Spanish club until the summer of 2025. Bilbao wouldn’t want to risk losing him for nothing and hence could be available for a cut price this summer.

The opportunity to play in the Premier League, for a big club like Chelsea is always an exciting proposition for any player. Paredes himself could be very much tempted to join Chelsea.

Paredes could succeed at the Stamford Bridge

The Spanish defender can operate as a central defender as well as a right-back. His versatility could be a bonus for Chelsea if they manage to secure his signature this month.

Paredes has the quality to develop into a top class Premier League defender and a move to Chelsea could accelerate his development while playing under the tutelage of Maurcio Pochettino. If that does happen, a reported £17 million for his signature could prove to be a real bargain. The 23-year-old certainly has the attributes to succeed in English football. He could easily justify the investment in the coming seasons.

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