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Manchester United & FC Barcelona also in touch for Benoît Badiashile, who is nearing Chelsea

Our reporting has confirmed that the player has a provisional agreement with the London side, but the two clubs remain apart on their respective valuations for Badiashile. The player has 18 months remaining on his contract at ASM are trying to extract a deal out of Chelsea that would go up to €60m including bonuses and sell-on clauses. CFC made an opening offer of circa €30m at the weekend.

The Catalan club meanwhile have made a contract proposal to Badiashile but they can only afford to do a transfer in summer, not in January, and are therefore trying to convince Badiashile to wait before leaving Monaco until the end of the season.

ASM feel that it is more optimal for them to sell the player next month when he has 18 months left on his contract, rather than in summer when he would have just 12 left to run. If Badiashile was to exit in January, Philippe Clement, Monaco’s manager, has two options to replace him with in the starting XI – with Chilean international defender Guillermo Maripan and French youth international Malang Sarr, who is on loan from Chelsea.

James Thorpe | GFFN