Chelsea open talks for Frey
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Chelsea are in talks with Parma for their outstanding keeper Sebastien Frey, agent Claudio Vigorelli has confirmed to planetfootball.com.
The French shot-stopper has also been targeted by Manchester United and Arsenal in the past, but the spending power of Roman Abramovich has propelled Chelsea into favouritism in the chase for the Gialloblu goalie.
Any deal would not go through until June, with Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport speculating that current Blues number one Carlo Cudicini could return to Serie A in part-exchange.
However, Parma have also been casting admiring glances towards Petr Cech of Rennes and Udinese's Morgan De Sanctis, with Cudicini hugely admired by his present boss Claudio Ranieri.
A high profile error against Arsenal has quickly been forgotten as Cudicini was in top form during the stunning 4-0 win at Lazio in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League encounter, and Ranieri would probably be loathe to lose his fellow countryman.
Ahead of the Stadio Olimpico clash, Chelsea officials held talks with agents Vigorelli and Vincenzo Morabito to discuss é¼10 million-rated Frey's situation.
"I confirm we had a meeting with the Chelsea board," Vigorelli told planetfootball.com. "But it's too soon to say the move has already been decided.
"At the moment, we are in the early stages of the negotiations.
"The job of an agent is to consider every option and, at the moment, we are working on the Chelsea one."
Frey, who has criticised France coach Jacques Santini for overlooking him, was targeted by Manchester United before the arrival of Tim Howard, but Fabien Barthez's presence at Old Trafford helped block any potential move.
However, the 23-year-old is keen to experience life in England.
"Sebastien would be keen to play one day in The Premiership," added Vigorelli.
"We will see."