The Blues are reportedly keen on signing Bayern Munich defender David Alaba who is set to leave the German club at the end of the season.
The left-back’s contract runs out at the end of this season and it is believed he already has his sights set on his next destination.
According to Spanish media outlet Marca via The Sun, Alaba wants to join Spanish club Real Madrid when his contract expires.
Marca claim Real Madrid are ‘counting the days’ to begin negotiations of Alaba’s pre-contract.
Chelsea aren’t expected to give up on signing Alaba despite his decision to join Real Madrid. Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona are also interested in signing Alaba.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has admitted he hopes Alaba remains at Bayern Munich amid interest from Chelsea and other European clubs.
“Against [Arminia] Bielefeld, Atletico [Madrid] and Eintracht [Frankfurt], Alaba is doing a good job,” Flick told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cologne.
“I feel he’s the same as last season, very focused, loud on the pitch, one of the players who leads our defence. For me, there’s no difference between now and last season.
“I’m not concerning myself with [worries about a January transfer] at all right now.
“I still hope he’ll sign with Bayern because I think he knows what the situation is like here in Munich. It’s a lot of fun to train with a team with a good atmosphere here, we play successful football and this club is one of the best in the world.
“The conditions are top for every player right now and I think he’ll think twice about changing that.
“It’s his decision – and we have to respect that, obviously – but I hope he will stay. He has to decide, my feeling is irrelevant.”