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Chelsea’s hopes of signing Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour have taken a plunge, even though the Monaco defender has signed papers saying he wants to play for Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea have gone cold after the price to sign the 26-year-old centre half was increased at the last moment. It seems the French club would prefer to do business with Valencia, the club that knocked them out of the Champions League.

Abdennour did not play in either leg against Valencia, who won the knock-out tie 4-3 on aggregate, and he is now expected to join the Spanish club in the next 24 hours.

Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour would like to move to Chelsea but his club have other plans for him

Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour would like to move to Chelsea but his club have other plans for him

Chelsea have gone cold after the price to sign the 26-year-old centre half was increased at the last moment

Chelsea have gone cold after the price to sign the 26-year-old centre half was increased at the last moment

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would like to add another defender to his squad after their recent troubles

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would like to add another defender to his squad after their recent troubles

Chelsea had hoped to announce his signing this week in a bid to shore up their defence.

But talks with Monaco did not go to plan and now the player is being encouraged to join Valencia.

He signed papers saying his preferred option was Chelsea and the London club have been left ‘puzzled’ by developments.

They were ready to go to £15million but the price is likely to be closer to £22m. They do not believe the player is worth that price.

Chelsea were prepared to bid up to the £15m valuation but think Abdennour is overpriced at £22m

Chelsea were prepared to bid up to the £15m valuation but think Abdennour is overpriced at £22m

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace on Saturday to leave themselves on four points from four games

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace on Saturday to leave themselves on four points from four games

 

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