‘OP­ER­A­TION

Real ready to pay world record fee to lure Blues star from Stam­ford Bridge

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LON­DON TV on and be cheer­ing us on.

“There’ll be no in­cen­tive needed, but the cir­cum­stances over the last few days might add a bit of a mo­ti­va­tional edge on our be­half.

“We want to go out there and play well and it will be nice if we can all get to speak to Sea­mus be­fore­hand.”

Right-back Cole­man has started 26 of Ever­ton’s 29 Pre­mier League matches so far this sea­son and fel­low de­fender Jagielka added: “Sea­mus is a mas­sive part of the fur­ni­ture. He’s been here a long time now, he’s one of the lead­ers.

“All we can do is be there for him. He’s had the op­er­a­tion, it’s been a suc­cess and he’s on the slow road to re­cov­ery.

“As a club, a fam­ily, we have wished him a speedy re­cov­ery and we will be with him ev­ery step of the way. He’s a great lad and hope­fully we can get him smil­ing around the cur­rent deal ex­pires in 2019, wanted to see out the sea­son in France.

Monaco lead PSG by three points at the top of Ligue 1 and face Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nals next month.

Bakayoko scored the de­ci­sive goal against Manchester City in the Cham­pi­ons League in midMarch.

There were Arse­nal and Manchester United scouts present at the Stade Louis II for that 3-1 win, which saw Monaco go through on away goals af­ter a 6-6 draw on ag­gre­gate.

Chelsea are also con­fi­dent they can win the race to sign Rangers star­let Billy Gil­mour.

The 15-year-old has also at­tracted in­ter­est from the Manchester clubs as well as Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Rangers were hope­ful they could con­vince the Scot­land youth in­ter­na­tional to stay, be­liev­ing he has a bet­ter chance of break­ing into their first team rather than clog­ging up the sys­tems of su­per-clubs.

But Gil­mour is ex­pected to make his move af­ter turn­ing 16, and Chelsea are front- run­ners to snap him up. Daily Mail club as soon as pos­si­ble.

“He’ll be down at the mo­ment be­cause it’s not long since it hap­pened.

“His friends and fam­ily away from foot­ball will help him through th­ese ini­tial stages.

“When he is able to do things it’s up to us as a club — the play­ers, phys­ios, coaches.

“I’m sure we’ll be able to get him to where he needs to get to.” AFP

Ire­land’s Sea­mus Cole­man (left) chal­lenges Wales’ Gareth Bale in their World Cup qual­i­fier on Fri­day.

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