Chelsea open talks over £20m summer move for Lyon key player

June 16, 2017

According to the French media outlets, Chelsea have opened talks with League 1 giants Lyon over the potential transfer of £20m-rated central midfielder Corentin Tolisso, who has been linked with a summer move to a bigger club after his impressive performances last season.

The 22-year-old Tolisso has attracted plenty of interest from top clubs across the Europe and several Premier League heavyweights are known to be keen on signing the Frenchman.

The talented youngster hinted last month that he could leave Lyon this summer in order to play Champions League football, which makes Chelsea in leading position in this race.

As per the reports from L’Equipe, Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas was in London last Wednesday and met with Chelsea representatives to discuss a deal for Tolisso.

The Ligue 1 side want around £20m for their midfield star but also discussed the possibility of signing Kurt Zouma on loan this summer.

Zouma, 22, struggled to break into Antonio Conte’s first team last season and the Frenchman could face further competition next term with Virgil van Dijk a target for the Blues.

Any move for Zouma could aid Chelsea’s chances of signing Tolisso, who is believed to be keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge.