Blues closing in on Moses

After chasing Victor Moses for the whole summer, it looks as though Chelsea could be closing in on their man with the Blues reportedly set to agree a fee with Wigan.

While Chelsea have been scouring the world for talent this summer, Roberto Di Matteo has also been looking at players closer to home with Moses one of the top men on his shopping list. However, with the Blues up against the stubborn Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, there have been doubts over such a transfer materializing. Still, it is now being reported that a deal is almost complete, with Whelan even conceding that the player will probably leave the DW Stadium in the near future.

The Latics chief told ESPN, “I have spoken to Chelsea’s chief executive and they are easy to deal with. We have told them the price and they will come back and agree it or not. We would much prefer the player to sign a new contract and stay but he wants to go to Chelsea and it’s a good club so we cannot stand in his way.”

There has been no official word from either club regarding a transfer fee, although it has been reported that Wigan are holding out for around £8.5m. Whether this figure is met is a completely different matter though, with the player having just twelve months remaining on his current contract. Moreover, with the 21-year-old attempting to push through a transfer to Stamford Bridge, there appears little that Wigan can do unless they want to risk losing him for nothing next summer.

Meanwhile, Di Matteo is also being linked with a switch for Marseille full back Cesar Azpilicueta. The French outfit have confirmed that they have received an offer for the defender and with Chelsea aiming to fill the void left by Jose Bosingwa, rumours are rife that the Blues are the club that have lodged the bid.