Chelsea confident on Malouda
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Kenyon is hopeful of signing Florent Malouda, while Alex is set to join Chelsea.Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is hopeful of concluding a deal for Florent Malouda, while also confirming Alex is set to join The Blues.
Lyon's want-away winger Malouda looks likely to be the latest new arrival at Stamford Bridge with Kenyon confident of sealing a deal for the France international before next week.
Chelsea have been locked in talks with the French champions, who want ?20million (£13.5million) for the 27-year-old, over Malouda's transfer and are now close to reaching an accord
Jose Mourinho's squad jet off for their pre-season tour of the United States next week, and they will be joined by Malouda on the trip if Kenyon gets his wish.
"We've been in dialogue with Lyon and I think we're looking to complete that," Kenyon said on Sky Sports News.
"It would be nice to complete that ahead of us going to LA. I'm very optimistic that he'll be joining us at some point out there."
However, Malouda's signing does not signal the end of Arjen Robben's Chelsea career, according to Kenyon, despite Real Madrid being keen on the Dutchman.
"You shouldn't read anything into that. He's (Malouda) a different type of player," said Kenyon.
Kenyon also revealed that Brazilian defender Alex is set to complete his permanent move to Chelsea after spending three years on loan at PSV Eindhoven while waiting for a work permit.
Chelsea struggled with injuries at the back last season but with the signings of Tal Ben Haim and Alex, Kenyon believes they will be well covered in defence in the coming campaign.
"The central defence we think we will have strengthened with Ben Haim and Alex, when that gets finalised," he said.
But full-back Pascal Chimbonda will not be moving to Chelsea from Tottenham, as was widely reported on Thursday.
Kenyon added: "There's been no discussions, no contact."
Chelsea have also signed Claudio Pizarro and Steve Sidwell this summer and Kenyon hinted the additions of Malouda and Alex will be the last ahead of the new Premier League season.