According to Sky Sports, Nantes defender Papa Djilobodji is having a medical at Chelsea ahead of a £2.7m move to Stamford Bridge.
The Senegalese centre-back is due to sign a four-and-a-half year contract.
Papa’s fee was reduced from £5 Million to £2.6 Million because he is in the last year of his contract at the French side , having signed for French the club in 2010.
The Blues have instead turned their attentions to Djilobodji after having 3 bids for Everton’s John Stones flatly rejected
Papa Djilobodji has two caps for the Senegalese national team and made his debut in 2013.
He began his career in his native Senegal with ASC Saloum before moving to French lower division club US Senart-Moissy in 2009.