Chelsea are considering a temporary move for Inter Milan’s French winger Jonathan Biabiany.
According to Sky Sports, the Blues are interested in taking the 28-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the campaign.
However, Conte who is reportedly a fan of the 28-year-old, will have to fend off interest from Palermo, who were up until recently leading the line for the Biabiany’s signature, according to Gianluca Dimarzio.
The former French U21 international, who is currently in his third spell as an Inter Milan player has had a difficult season at the San Siro, having made only 3 appearances this term and starting 2 of those, all of which have come in the Europa League.
Perhaps Biabiany, who has spent his entire senior career in Italy with the likes of Inter Milan, Parma and Sampdoria, is being eyed as back up to Victor Moses at right wing back, in which case this wouldn’t make for happy reading for youngster Ola Aina and his supporters.
A factor that may complicate things is Biabiany’s history with heart problems. In September 2014, Biabiany was diagnosed with cardiac dysrhythmia. It was discovered while he was undergoing a medical examination with AC Milan prior to his move there, which was later called off.
He would return to Parma and take an ‘indefinite break’ to undergo treatment for his condition. He returned to training in February 2015 and 2 months later, his contract was terminated by mutual consent. He would recover well enough for Inter to resign him in the summer as a free agent.
Chelsea’s interest in a right winger who has barely featured this season certainly raises some eyebrows, especially when they have the likes of Pedro and Willian. Victor Moses can also be used in that position and Chelsea have also decided to retain Kenedy for the remainder of the season.
This move is probably one for Conte to make up the numbers in the Chelsea squad and add some depth, after the departures of Oscar, Mikel and Bamford. Ivanovic is edging closer to a move to Zenit St. Petersburg and Charly Musonda is likely to move out on loan as well.