Chelsea is confident of completing a deal to sign Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, according to the Daily Telegraph.
However, the report suggests that due to work permit regulations the 26-year-old will be loaned out immediately.
“I’m very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation,” said Zhang. “I’ve worked hard and waited these five or six years for my dream of playing overseas and finally have recognition from the English Premier League.”
Zhang Linpeng’s nickname ‘Zhangmos’ is a nod to Real Madrid’s stalwart defender Sergio Ramos, who he has been compared with in China.