Chelsea have earmarked Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell as their top target for the January transfer window, according to a report.
The 22-year-old has been one of the standout performers for his side this season, chipping in with a goal and three assists in 12 Premier League games to help the Foxes mount a serious challenge for a top-four spot.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has previously insisted that his side are under no financial obligations to sell the England international, who has also been linked with Manchester United.
According to The Athletic, however, Leicester could be braced for a bid from Chelsea for the wing-back should their transfer ban be overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Blues had a hearing over the validity of the two-window ban in November and the source claims that if all goes well, the London club will put their pursuit of Chilwell as their top priority in January.
It is claimed that boss Frank Lampard is keen to address the current issue he has at left-back; Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are the club’s two current left-backs but neither is standing out to Lampard.
Therfore, the former Blues midfielder wants to get Chilwell in and put the problem to bed.
The report comes following earlier claims from Corriere Dello Sport that Juventus are preparing to go after Emerson in January.
The Italian outlet have said that Juve manager Maurizio Sarri wants to reunite with the Italian, the pair having worked together when Sarri was at Stamford Bridge last season.
The Danish international’s contract in North London runs out at the end of the season but he has made no indication that he intends to stay on under Jose Mourinho, with Real Madrid heavily linked in previous months.
Don Balon claim that alongside Los Blancos, Chelsea and Arsenal are keeping tabs on Eriksen’s situation ahead of a potential move.