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Chelsea turn to Papy Djilobodji after Everton block John Stones transfer

Chelsea are bidding to solve their defensive troubles with Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji as a switch from Nantes nears completion.

The Premier League champions have conceded nine goals in four games in accruing four points to sit eight adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones has been repelled by Everton and a £2.2m deal for Djilobodji is edging closer. It is a fraction of the £40m sum offered for Stones.

The 27-year-old Djilobodji has one year remaining on his contract with Nantes and will fly to London for a medical.

Djilobodji had been linked with Celtic and Trabzonspor in Turkey, who had a €2m offer rejected in the last few days.

Rumoured interest in Paul Pogba of Juventus refuses to subside, but it would take an astronomical fee to land the Frenchman.

Mourinho insisted Chelsea would not panic in the transfer window, but Djilobodji may represent little more than a fall-back option as his pedigree is not at the standard the Portuguese would wish for.

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