Reported Everton target Clement Chantome can leave, reveals PSG boss Laurent Blanc

Clement Chantome

Everton could be set to step up their reported interest in Paris Saint-Germain's Clement Chantome, after manager Laurent Blanc declared the midfielder free to leave for the right deal.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has alerted the attention of Everton after telling L’Equipe that reported midfield target Clement Chantome can leave the club this month.

Chantome, 27, has seen his first-team opportunities limited at PSG in light of the club’s extravagant spending in the transfer market, and spent last season out on loan at Ligue 1 rivals Toulouse after being pushed out to the fringes of the squad.

The Frenchman has since made just 12 appearances this season for a total of 347 minutes, and, with his contract expiring in the summer, Blanc has declared that he club won’t prevent him from moving on if the right bid comes in.

"If Clement’s and club’s interests are met, I do not see how one could refuse his departure," he said.

A former regular at the Parc des Princes, Chantome’s performances during past seasons earned both an international cap and long-time interest from Everton, with Le10 Sport one of a number of French media outlets to report on Roberto Martinez’s advances in the summer of 2013.

Tuttomercatoweb.com added earlier this month that the Toffees remain keen on a swoop for the unsettled midfielder but, with the likes of Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne, Greek champions Olympiakos and Spanish side Sevilla also interested, there is stiff competition for his signature.

Everton don’t appear to have a desperate need for midfield reinforcements at present but, if the club sees a potential bargain, then there’s no reason Martinez shouldn’t attempt to bring him to Goodison Park in the coming weeks.

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