Chelsea are ready to rival Arsenal for the signature of soon-to-be free agent Layvin Kurzawa, according to a report.
With the futures of Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri far from certain to be at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are on the lookout for a new left-back.
Ben Chilwell appears to be their primary target, but Leicester City are driving a hard bargain by setting his price tag upwards of £80m – while Manchester City are also providing a threat to Chelsea’s attempts to sign the England man.
Therefore, 90min claim that Chelsea could turn their attention to Layvin Kurzawa, who is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.
Arsenal are interested in swooping for the former Monaco full-back, who has also been linked with Sevilla and Napoli.
But with the Blues in a better league position than their rivals, it is suggested that Kurzawa, who is 27 years old, would be more likely to accept their offer than Arsenal’s – if it was to be made concrete.
The interest from Barcelona cannot be discounted, though, as the France international is said to be leaning towards that option.
If Chelsea can land Kurzawa, though, it would be a shrewd investment given that there will be no transfer fee – but money will still be gained from the potential sale of either Emerson or Alonso.
The rumours of Alonso leaving have gone a little quiet since it was suggested that Inter Milan were ready to go all out for him in the summer, but Emerson continues to attract interest from Italy – where Inter have been joined by Napoli and Juventus in the race to sign him.