Chelsea up bid as Malouda quits Lyon camp
France midfielder Florent Malouda left the Lyon pre-season training camp on Wednesday as Chelsea increased their transfer bid for the 27-year-old.
France's player of the year was driven away by a Lyon staff member from the Alpine ski resort of Tignes where Lyon are preparing for their bid to win a seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title.
'Chelsea have come back with a strong offer and (Lyon chairman) Jean-Michel Aulas could meet a Chelsea official in the next few hours,' the Lyon spokesman said.
Reports in the French press suggest Chelsea have lodged an £12.5million (€18.5million) bid for the winger, who was a member of France's World Cup final team last summer.
Lyon are asking for €25million for Malouda, who last week revealed he wanted to join Chelsea.