Brighton and Everton have joined the race for Chelsea-linked winger Jeremie Boga, according to reports.
Chelsea have already secured the signing of one star winger for the summer, having struck a deal with Ajax for the acquisition of Hakim Ziyech, but with doubts over the futures of both Pedro and Willian, they could still be looking to bring in another body.
When speaking about the signing of Ziyech, Blues boss Frank Lampard admitted that more additions could be made in the summer, telling Sky Sports: “We’re always on the lookout, we’re always working together to try and see how we can improve, and I think those improvements could be needed maybe in the summer, but we’ll have to try and make sure we get the right ones.”
One player to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is Sassuolo star Boga, who previously came through the academy ranks with the West London outfit.
Chelsea are believed to have a buyback clause on the 23-year-old, who has scored seven goals and added two assists from 22 appearances in Serie A this season.
However, the Daily Express reveal that several other clubs are also monitoring the Ivory Coast international, with two Premier League sides ready to rival Chelsea.
It is claimed that Everton and Brighton have both expressed an interest in the player – with the latter having tried to sign him in January before being turned down by Sassuolo.
Any summer move for Boga will depend on whether or not the Seagulls can secure Premier League survival, but even if they do, they may find it hard to compete with the calibre of clubs interested in the French-born forward.
European giants such as Barcelona, Napoli and Inter Milan are all considering moves for Boga, whom Sassuolo are hoping to tie down to a new contract in an effort to raise his price.
Boga’s current deal expires in 2022, so extending his stay is a pressing issue for Sassuolo, who are looking to break into the top half in Serie A.
They may be powerless to keep Boga if his form continues, though, with meetings already underway with Chelsea to determine his future.
The Express speculate that Chelsea may decide not to re-sign him after all, but change their option of first refusal into a sell-on clause – with Boga’s value currently estimated at £15m.
That would give the Blues a profit of nearly £12m, having sold him for just £3.5m back in 2018 after sending him on three different loan spells.
Meanwhile, another Serie A star Chelsea could sign is Matias Vecino, who has been made available once again by Inter Milan.
The Uruguay international has fallen down the pecking order this season and Inter hope to sell him to raise funds for a bid for Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal.
Both Chelsea and Everton have been credited with an interest – read the full story here.