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Chelsea interest in China defender
28 Aug 2015 09:09
Chelsea have made an offer for China and Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, Chinese media reported today.
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The Premier League champions sent a contract on Wednesday and hope to secure the 26-year-old right back before the summer transfer window closes on 1 September, Titan said.
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"I'm very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation," the newspaper quoted Zhang as saying.
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"I've worked hard and waited these five-six years for my dream of playing overseas, and finally have recognition from the English Premier League."
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Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou were not contactable to verify the report.
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Zhang and the clubs were working through the terms of his transfer, Titan said.
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Even if were to go ahead, Zhang said he did not expect to get straight into Premier League football.
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Players from non-European Union countries are subject to tighter work permit requirements in Britain, and Chelsea might elect to loan the defender to a European side for a period of time to pave his way into the league.
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"Although I'm unable to play Premier League directly, I believe (Chelsea) will have the most professional arrangements regarding my permit," Zhang added.
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"I have no worries at all about the negotiations."
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Technically proficient and solidly built, Zhang has been a key player in Guangzhou's success in China and their run to the 2013 Asian Champions League title.
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He carries the nickname 'Zhangmos' in China in a nod to Real Madrid's stalwart defender Sergio Ramos.
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Chelsea have endured a sketchy start to their English title defence, shipping an unusually high seven goals in their first three matches.
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