Report: Chelsea defender Djilobodji could be set for surprise Turkey switch

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Papy Djilobodji only signed for the Blues last summer, but reports in Turkey are now suggesting a January move to Besiktas could be imminent.

One of Jose Mourinho’s summer signings for Chelsea could be set for a move away from the club just a matter of months into his Blues career.

A centre-back also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, Papy Djilobodji arrived at Stamford Bridge from Nantes in early September.

However, despite signing a four-year contract with the Blues, the Senegal international has been used sparingly under Mourinho.

Despite racking up some 186 appearances for Ligue 1 mainstays Nantes during a six-season stay with Les Canaris, the 26-year-old has yet to feature for Chelsea in the Premier League.

In fact, his only game time for the Pensioners to date came during a 4-1 victory over Walsall in the League Cup, with Djilobodji coming on for Radamel Falcao in added on time at the end of the game.

No wonder then that reports are surfacing suggesting the defender could be set for a move away from Stamford Bridge with Turkish-football.com now reporting that Besiktas have reached an agreement, in principal, to sign the African.

The website cites the words of former Besiktas Sporting Director Sinan Engin, who has several contacts still within the Istanbul club.

Speaking on Beyaz Futbol, Engin claimed that Besiktas have agreed personal terms with the defender and the deal could be completed by January.

Talk of the potential sale of Djilobodji comes despite the Blues enduring a nightmare, defensively, in the Premier League so far this season.

Chelsea have conceded 23 goals in just 12 top-flight games already this season, giving the Pensioners the joint-third worst defensive record in the division at preent.

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