CHELSEA have reportedly been tracking Aurelien Tchouameni ‘for months’ ahead of a possible summer move.
However, the Blues face stiff competition for the Monaco star from several clubs – including Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Foot Mercato claims Thomas Tuchel is searching for a new holding midfielder.
And the German boss is a huge fan of Tchouameni, 22.
It’s now said Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on the anchorman for months.
Jorginho is being linked with a summer move to Juventus, while N’Golo Kante is out of contract in 2023.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is also of interest, but he could cost over £100million.
Any new recruits at Chelsea this summer will be hugely dependent on who the club's new owners are – and how willing they are to invest in playing staff.
But if they are in a position to chase £42m-rated Tchouameni, the Blues will find he has admirers elsewhere.
Liverpool are thought to be Chelsea’s biggest challengers, with Jurgen Klopp needing long-term cover for ageing stars Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara.