DAILY MAIL 🔵 Chelsea up interest in Jhon Duran after missing out on Benjamin Sesko – Shango Media

DAILY MAIL 🔵 Chelsea up interest in Jhon Duran after missing out on Benjamin Sesko

  • Aston Villa forward Jhon Duran is on Chelsea’s list of summer transfer targets
  • Benjamin Sesko is no longer an option after signing a new RB Leipzig contract
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Aston Villa striker Jhon Duran has moved higher on Chelsea’s list of transfer targets.

The Colombia international has been on the Blues’ watch-list since the January window as the Stamford Bridge outfit look to bolster their attacking options.

Chelsea’s owners famously prefer to sign young players that the club can develop, making 20-year-old Duran – who scored eight goals for Villa last season – an attractive candidate.

The west Londoners had also been eyeing 21-year-old Benjamin Sesko but he recently signed a new contract with RB Leipzig.

According to The Telegraph, Sesko’s decision to stay at Leipzig has significantly increased the likelihood of Duran ending up at Chelsea this summer.

Aston Villa and Colombia forward Jhon Duran could be on his way to Chelsea this summer

Chelsea are no longer looking to sign Benjamin Sesko as he has decided to stay at RB Leipzig

Duran is said to be very keen to join Chelsea, even though in the short-term it would mean swapping Champions League football for a team that will be playing in the Europa Conference League next season.

Earlier this year, fans spotted that Duran had been frequently liking Chelsea-related posts on social media. 

Dominic Solanke is also understood to be on Chelsea’s list of targets but the Bournemouth frontman – who spent most of his youth-team career with the Blues – would likely cost a lot more than Duran.

Duran moved to Villa in January 2023 when he arrived from MLS side Chicago Fire for an £18 million transfer fee.

He has since featured in 23 Premier League games but started in only three, with Ollie Watkins firmly ahead of him in the striking pecking order at Villa Park.

Duran netted eight goals in 37 appearances for Villa across all competitions last season

He has been a Villa player since January 2023 when he signed from Chicago Fire in the USA

Twenty-year-old Duran could be Chelsea's first signing under new manager Enzo Maresca

Duran would not be the first Colombian to play for Chelsea were he to move there this summer.

Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao both represented the club between 2014 and 2016.

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