Chelsea have set the wheels in motion to sign Thiago Mendes from Lille according to an update from Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles.
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) April 30, 2019
Chelsea have been sanctioned a two-window transfer embargo by FIFA but is now a subject to an appeal by the club in CAS.
According to the same report, the Blues have been extensively scouting the Brazilian and if their ban is lifted or suspended Chelsea will look to acquire Mendes for a sum of around €30m.
Providing more insight into Chelsea’s supposed move for Mendes, Castles wrote:
“[Mendes’] performances this season have got to the level where he’s now got Chelsea looking at him, been scouting him extensively I’ve been told in the last few months.
“Obviously any move is completely dependent on the FIFA decision and if FIFA decide that there will be no postponement of Chelsea’s two transfer window ban, then potentially cast his decision if Chelsea go to [the Court of Arbitration for Sport] to ask that their transfer window be annulled or suspended in the summer.
“But an interesting one I think from Chelsea’s perspective because I don’t think he’ll be a particularly expensive purchase unless there’s a lot of competitive interest in him, you’re looking at probably €30m for Thiago Mendes.”
Mendes has also been a subject of interest for Chelsea’s Premier League rivals like West Ham and Crystal Palace and Everton tout him as a potential successor to Idrissa Gueye should they cash in on the Senegalese.
The Brazilian has been in fine form this summer and alongside Captain Nicolas Pepe could be one of the many stars to quit the French outfit at the end of the season.