Chelsea joined Everton in the race to sign Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, who last season voted “the best left-back in La Liga.”
Last week Everton offered £ 18 m for the Real Madrid academy product-which received rave reviews while on loan in Seville, helping the Andalusian club to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.
Chelsea’s involvement could cast doubt on whether Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell will continue to be pursued by the club.
The clubs have so far struggled to strike a deal and are different poles on a price-although it is understood that Leicester relaxed their initial demands for an £80 m transfer fee.
Right now, Chelsea has publicly revealed their interest in Reguilon-and is expected to beat the £18 m offer from Everton in the days ahead.
Real Madrid rate Reguilon very high, but in the left-back position they are blessed with talent and have a drastic need to raise funds-a estimated EUR 200m to help balance books.
Real has Ferland Mendy who has enjoyed an outstanding season at the Bernabeu as well as the seasoned warrior Marcelo, now 32.
Seville remains keen to loan him for another season but is conscious that his success has brought him to the attention of major teams across Europe.
Chelsea target Kai Havertz has been rated by German football analyst Raphael Honigstein to become “an absolute superstar over the next few years.”
Bayer Leverkusen is holding out for £90 m for the attacking midfielder, but Sky Sports understands a structured offer that begins at £70m and has been discussed to grow to a higher amount with add-ons.
He told the Transfer Talk podcast: “He’s got a lot to do and he’s got stuff to prove because he’s just turned 21 but he’s an exceptional talent, there’s absolutely no question about it. He’s in a position, based on his age, to be able to dominate the German national team in the next decade.
“Is he going to play the part of No 10 and become the new Mesut Ozil or will he settle a little deeper and become the new Toni Kroos? He has the potential to play just about anywhere in front of the line.
“When you look at his rare mix of technical abilities and eye for a pass, but also the ability to score and build goals on his own, And his runs to be good in the air, I think the best way, to sum it up is that he’s a combination between Mesut Ozil and Michael Ballack.