Chelsea keeping close eye on Arsenal midfield target

Chelsea and Arsenal will not be the only teams interested in Tiote during the summerReports on Tyneside have suggested that Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Newcastle United’s defensive midfielder Cheik Tioté, a player whom Arsenal are also currently keen on.

The former Anderlecht midfielder has put in some very impressive performances of late and it seems as though the 24 year old is currently considered to be hot property by the two Premiership sides. Chelsea remain a club looking for a new defensive midfielder after it emerged that Obi Mikel could be on his way out this summer and Arsenal are looking to strengthen in that area for the next campaign.

Tioté has signed a big contract at Newcastle United however for the next six years and should either Chelsea or Arsenal be interested in the Ivorian then the fee is likely to rise should Alan Pardew decide on a sale.

Numerous scouts were at the game between Manchester United and Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Tuesday and it is believed that both Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out for the defensive midfielder who has thus far demonstrated good strength and ability in the central midfield area.

With a predicted figure of around £12m likely to be accepted, Tioté’s price tag is likely to rise with the current interest surrounding him.

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