Chelsea have been received a summer transfer boost, with attacker Said Benrahma’s Brentford having failed to earn promotion to England’s top tier.
The Algerian forward was a catalyst for the West Londoners’ stunning season, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further ten for his side.
But with the club having failed to wrap up automatic promotion during the regular campaign, followed by 2-1 defeat to league rivals Fulham under the Wembley arch, the Bees have been left vulnerable to losing their star creator.
And according to football.london, Said is still “destined” to play Premier League football next term, albeit not with Brentford.
The 24-year-old has been mentioned with a host of top-flight clubs – most notably Leeds United and Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is set to target a winger this transfer market, having lost veterans Pedro and Willian on free transfers.
And asked about links to Stamford Bridge in July, Said admitted that he was “flattered” by the talk.
The Algeria international said: “I was really flattered, but, at the same time, I am so focused about getting out of the Championship with Brentford that I do not pay too much attention.
“Of course, it is giving me confidence, but, at the same time, everyone has their own destiny so I’m just focused on myself and I don’t want to compare myself with other players.
“I always watched the Premier League, especially Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
“I used to watch when Cristiano [Ronaldo], Thierry Henry and Hatem Ben Arfa at Newcastle were playing.
“Samir Nasri at Arsenal, too. Since I was a kid, I always wanted to play in England.”