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Chelsea preparing €27m bid for Seamus Coleman as Toffees braced for departure – reports

Published 04/05/2015 | 15:13

Seamus Coleman has been linked with a move away from Everton
Seamus Coleman has been linked with a move away from Everton

Newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea are believed to be close to a €27m bid for Irish international Seamus Coleman with the Toffees reportedly preparing for the defender's summer exit.

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According to reports in The Daily Mail, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has pencilled in the 26-year-old as one of his summer targets, while Everton have begun to look for replacements should the Donegal man choose to leave Goodison Park.

Coleman cost the club just £60,000 when he moved from Sligo Rovers six years ago and has established himself as one of the most talented full-backs in England. Since last season, no defender has found the net on more occasions (9) and his forays down the right flank have been a feature of Everton's game plan over the last couple of seasons.

The Mail suggest a €27m (£20m) bid is on the cards, while also adding that Everton manager Roberto Martinez has enquired about Barcelona’s 23-year-old Martin Montoya and Rochdale’s Rhys Bennett, also 23, in the event of Coleman leaving.

Coleman has been heavily linked with Manchester United over the last 12 months, while former Ireland and United full-back Denis Irwin recently suggested that the defender would have to leave Goodison Park to realise his full potential.

"I think for him (Coleman) to be potentially world-class - and this is no disrespect to Everton - he probably has to move to a club that plays regularly in Europe," he said.

Martinez has denied such suggestions and re-iterated his belief that Coleman's future is very much on Merseyside.

"He (Irwin) is making a judgement about a player who is very important for us," he said in response.

"I still think Seamus Coleman can develop and progress with Everton. At the moment he is enjoying his football, I think he has an important role in our side and I think this is the best place for him to develop and fulfil his potential.

"He is a world-class footballer in the way he performed last season."

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