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According to La Provence, Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in the race for Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara.
The report claims the Ligue 1 side are under pressure to sell some of their star assets in order to raise funds and ease the financial strain on the club.
Chelsea scouts have identified the Marseille defender as a one of several potential signings who could establish themselves alongside Antonio Rudiger at the heart of the Blues rearguard.
Chelsea can reportedly sign the defender for £35.9 million.
Premier League rivals Manchester City are also interested in signing the 20 year old defender.