Blues eye Abidal
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Eric Abidal is the latest full back to be linked with Premiership champions Chelsea.Eric Abidal is the latest full back to be linked with Premiership champions Chelsea.
The former Lille man has established himself as a fixture in the all-conquering Lyon team and his consistent displays have caught the eye of a host of Europe's big players.
Blues chief Jose Mourinho has set his sights on bringing a top-class full back to Stamford Bridge and Abidal is the latest player to have come under the microscope of the Portuguese tactician.
Reports on the southern side of The Channel are suggesting agents are already working on a deal to bring Abidal to West London.
Lyon are in no rush to sell, as Abidal is under contract at Stade Gerland for a further four years, although talk of a é¼20 million deal could persuade the Ligue 1 champions to part with the talented 25-year-old.
Abidal, though, is believed to be keen on remaining in France for a further 12 months, as he does not want to hinder his hopes of securing a place at the World Cup finals, should France secure safe passage to Germany.
Jeremy Berthod is another Lyon defender to catch the eye, with Milan rumoured to be keeping tabs on the full back's progress at Stade Gerland.