Chelsea are reportedly working to seal the transfer of Manchester United forward Anthony Martial as Eden Hazard pushes to join Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich are also said to be in the running for the France international, though neither club is prepared to fork out the £89.3million United want for him, according to the Times.
Martial has had an up-and-down few seasons at Old Trafford, but is generally regarded as one of the game’s biggest young talents.
It is easy to imagine the 22-year-old might look a great deal more convincing at a different club and under a different manager, having been played in an unfamiliar wide role under the demanding Jose Mourinho.
Martial could do much better under an attack-minded manager like Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, who seem to be preparing for Hazard to leave Stamford Bridge.
The Times claim the Belgian has asked to leave west London for a move to the Spanish capital, though the Daily Mirror report that the Blues insist they will not be bullied into a sale.
This particular transfer saga seems very much up in the air, but if Chelsea refuse to pay up for Martial, or if United hang on to him and don’t budge on his asking price, it seems fairly likely CFC will not allow a player as important as Hazard to leave.
The Times add that Willian is another player attracting interest, and surely losing two attackers without replacing them would be a suicidal move from the west Londoners.