Chelsea are being linked with a move for Porto’s Jesus Corona as they prepare to miss out on the signing of England star Jadon Sancho.
Sancho is hot property after his brilliant performances in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund and both Manchester United and Liverpool continue to be heavily linked.
With fierce competition for Sancho, along with his huge price tag – £120million according to some sources – Chelsea are looking at fall-back options and they could head to the Portuguese top-flight look to find him.
The Daily Star suggest that Chelsea scouts are looking at Jesus Corona as an option that would tick plenty of boxes.
The 27-year-old Mexican, who has played 42 times for his country, can play as a winger or wing-back and has provided an impressive 17 assists in 41 games for Porto this season, scoring twice.
It’s reported that Inter and Sevilla are also keeping tabs on Corona, who previously turned down a move to Barcelona to guarantee first-team football with Dutch side FC Twente where he made 46 appearances between 2013 and 2015 before joining Porto for €10.5 million.
The Daily Star suggest Corona could be available at just £26million, giving Chelsea a massive saving on any deal involving Sancho.
With Willian and Pedro both set to leave Chelsea this summer, boss Frank Lampard is in search of wide players so the interest in Corona makes plenty of sense.
Lampard may also have noted the huge success Raul Jimenez has enjoyed at Wolves to prove that Mexican players can thrive and are suited to the Premier League.
And getting Corona at that price would free up funds for Chelsea to splash elsewhere, with another striker likely to be the main focus.
Lyon’s Moussa Dembele has been strongly linked with a £60million move to Stamford Bridge and is believed to be their prime target having netted 16 goals in 27 appearances in Ligue 1 this season.
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Bournemouth’s Josh King, who is out of contract next summer, but Lampard won’t have a clear idea of his transfer war chest until it’s known whether Chelsea will be in the Champions League next season.
Before the current campaign was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Blues were in fourth place with nine games to complete. Manchester United, just three points behind, look their biggest threats.