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Chelsea FC Transfer Rumours: Alex In Paris For Medical

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It looks as though the long-running Alex transfer is about to be concluded - at least, that's if leParisien.fr is to be trusted. According to the French website, the 29-year-old Brazilian centre back is expected in Paris at some point on Friday to take a medical and to sign a contract with Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain. We've also got an estimate on the transfer fee PSG would pay Chelsea: €5M, which is pretty good going considering we had absolutely no leverage and previous suitor Queens Park Rangers apparently were bidding around 75% of that figure.

The QPR transfer fell through because the Premier League newcomers couldn't afford Alex's hefty £60,000 per week wages, but there'll be no such problem at PSG as the French club looks to use its new riches to become a European powerhouse. Alex, who's apparently signing on through the end of the 2014/15 season, should help settle a back line that hasn't really seen any central defender stake a claim to a regular starting spot, plus he'll get to reunite with Carlo Ancelotti, which I imagine involves some awesome hugs.

Incidentally, if you'd told me this time last year that Alex was going to play in the same team as Javier Pastore I'd have been way happier about that news than I am right now.