This month, France’s Foot Mercato claimed that Chelsea are in the picture to land Kays Ruiz-Atil on a free transfer in the summer.
The 18-year-old’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of June, and Kays is now able to speak to interested sides about a free transfer in the next market.
Since Mauricio Pochettino took over at the Ligue 1 giants, the versatile player has been completely out of the picture.
Before that, manager Thomas Tuchel had been giving the player opportunities occasionally and he would picked up 181 minutes of league football thus far this campaign.
Foot Mercato reported the Blues held a meeting last year with the star’s entourage, and that interest continued from the London side.
That Thomas is now in charge at Stamford Bridge was seen as a boost for their chances of signing Ruiz-Atil.
Now Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona are being dragged back into the picture, to land a player who left their youth system back in 2015.
AS is one of the Spanish outlets reporting and the Catalan heavyweights would be a problem for Chelsea.
A lot would depend on whether Kays is more attracted by returning to his former team or teaming up with the German tactician again who has given him chances in the past.
Meantime, there is good news for Chelsea, as per the Telegraph, is Tammy Abraham did not suffer serious damage to his ankle and early signs suggest that he will not be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.