Anderlecht’s Kouyaté Linked With Chelsea

At what point does it become silly?

Another day, another Belgian(ish) played linked with Chelsea. The latest news comes from DH, who suggest that Blues scout Tony White (who does a lot of work in France and the Benelux region) is looking to finalise a deal for Senegalese defender Cheikhou Kouyaté.

The 22 year-old, who wore the number 8 for his country at the London 2012 Olympic Games, would not currently qualify for a work permit but DH claim that he is in the latter stages of finalising paperwork to acquire Belgian citizenship.

A fee of €7m has been floated for the 6’4″ youngster, who can also play in midfield, with talk that some or part of the fee would be bonus/incentive-based. Roma, Arsenal, and Tottenham are all also believed to be interested.

Chelsea have already signed three players from Anderlecht this summer, with brothers Lamisha, Tika and Charly Musonda all moving to London.