After offering four different bids for John Stones and the thought that Everton’s resolve would have been broken because of the amount in question, the chairman, Bill Kenwrigh, of Merseyside club -Everton, has indulged the Blues to turn their attention somewhere else in their quest to land a defender.
According to the Daily Mail, the four-time Premier League holders have entered the race for Guangzhou Evergrande defender, Zhang Linpeng – this follows from Evertons’ refusal of letting Stones off their books.
However, Linpeng also spoke with China media house Titan and said:
“I’m very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation,”
“I’ve worked hard and waited these five or six years for my dream of playing overseas and finally have recognition from the English Premier League.”
The player will not immediately feature for the blues of they successfully wrap up the deal. China is ranked 79th in the world and this would deny the player’s grant of a work permit.
He further said:
“Although I’m unable to play Premier League directly, I believe [Chelsea] will have the most professional arrangements regarding my permit,” he added. “I have no worries at all about the negotiations.”
The player will be sent on loan upon his acquisition for him to be able to secure a work permit. The deal is expected to be completed before the close of the transfer window.
The 26-year-old China international, has won 44 caps for the Chinese national team, he also helped Evergrande won the AFC champions league in 2013.