The Blues have successfully completed the signing of Michael Hector from Reading.
Hector became Chelsea’s second signing of the transfer window but the 23-year old will remain at Reading for the remainder of the season. He becomes Chelsea’s 10th signing of the summer though he is not set to feature for them in 2015-16.
Hector developed into a pivotal part of the Reading side last term, making 49 appearances across all competitions, including playing 120 minutes in their FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal. He also captained the Championship club for the first time earlier this season.
His capture follows the unexpected signing of fellow defender Papy Djilobodji from Nantes earlier on deadline day, with the Blues’ pursuit of Everton star John Stones appearing to have fatally stalled.
Chelsea also were keen on PSG’s Marquinhos but the French side rejected all the bids stating that the young talisman is the future of their club. Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in the PSG man.