Bayer reveal Forssell talks
By Jonne Ylanne
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that they have held talks with Chelsea about a prospective swap deal involving Mikael Forssell and Lucio.
The Blues' interest in Brazilian defender Lucio goes back a number of months and Bayer are hoping to take advantage of this by landing Forssell.
The Finnish starlet is very highly rated in Germany after bagging seven goals in 16 games whilst on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach last season.
A number of Bundesliga clubs have shown a strong interest in Forssell, but Bayer were the closest to snapping him up in the summer.
However, after agreeing a year-long loan - they baulked at Chelsea's last-minute demand of including a January recall option.
After the move to Bayer fell through, Forssell was loaned to Birmingham City on a five-month deal.
The 22-year-old has again been in impressive form scoring three times already this season and Birmingham have admitted they would love to secure his signature themselves.
Bayer, though, have different ideas and are hoping to strike a deal using Lucio - which would see Forssell move to The BayArena in January and the Brazilian switching to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
"We are interested," admitted sporting director Jurgen Kohler to Express.
"There has been contact between the clubs and we will now wait to see what happens."