Chelsea is reportedly showing interest in Aston Villa striker Jhon Duran and is contemplating making a surprising bid for the Colombian international before the January transfer window closes.
Duran, who joined Villa last January in a deal worth up to £18 million, has been playing as a backup to first-choice striker Ollie Watkins.
Despite scoring four goals this season, including two in the Premier League, Duran is eager for more playing time. Chelsea’s interest in the young forward has intensified, and they are carefully considering making an offer for him.
However, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea can provide Duran with the desired playing time. He would be cup-tied for the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, and Chelsea has other options returning from injury and international duty. If Villa can secure a replacement, they may allow Duran to leave.
Although talented, Duran is still raw and has received four bookings in his 14 league appearances this season.
The possibility of a firm move for Duran by Chelsea may depend on whether Armando Broja, who is believed to have interested Villa, leaves Stamford Bridge in the final week of the transfer window.
Chelsea values the Albania international at over £50 million. As the transfer window nears its closure, there is expected to be a late flurry of activity. Chelsea’s midfielder Conor Gallagher’s future is still uncertain, and the club may allow Trevoh Chalobah to leave. Chelsea will face Villa in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday, where Duran is expected to feature.
Given his age and relatively low wages, Duran fits the profile of signings under Chelsea’s current management.
As the transfer deadline approaches, Chelsea will continue to assess their options and make decisions accordingly.
This article was updated 1 month ago