Chelsea are plotting a move for centre-back Antonio Rudiger, according to reports in Italy.
The German defender is currently on loan at Roma from Stuttgart, but is now wanted by Antonio Conte when he takes charge at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Chelsea are willing to stump up a fee of around £24m for the 23-year-old, although they may face competition from Roma, who would like to sign the player on a permanent deal.
Roma and Stuttgart apparently agreed on an optional transfer for £7m at the end of Rudiger’s loan spell but directors’ heads at the German club may have been turned by the reported interest from Chelsea.
Chelsea are set to splash the cash as Conte plans a major overhaul of the squad when he takes and Stuttgart may want to cash in on the London club’s summer shopping spree.
Conte is also keen on Rudiger’s teammate at Roma this season Radja Nainggolan, with the Blues said to be close to securing a £31million deal for the midfielder.