Chelsea linked with Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng

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Zhang Linpeng Guangzhou Evergrande China

English Premier League giants have made an offer to sign international defender , according to reports.

The Blues reportedly sent Zhang a contract to on Thursday in effort to lock the 26-year-old right-back down to a deal before the end of the summer transfer window.

“I’m very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation,” said former Shanghai East Asia star was quoted by Titan newspaper.

“I’ve worked hard and waited these five-six years for my dream of playing overseas, and finally have recognition from the English Premier League.

“Although I’m unable to play Premier League directly, I believe (Chelsea) will have the most professional arrangements regarding my permit. I have no worries at all about the negotiations.”

Zhang, who signed for Chinese Super League champions Evergrande in 2010 and has since made 144 appearances, has been described as “”the best Chinese footballer” by former coach Marcello Lippi.