Chelsea have reportedly held negotiations with fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha’s agent over a potential summer transfer.
As things stand, the Blues are no longer under a transfer ban for the January window and will be eligible to start landing players.
According to the Independent, the recruitment process is already underway because the Blues’ director of football Marina Granovskaia spoke to Federico Pastorello to discuss a swoop for Zaha.
Zaha, who is under contract until the summer of 2023, has regularly been linked with transfers away from Crystal Palace in the latest years since returning from Manchester United.
The 27-year-old star came out and said he wanted to play in the UCL and decided to ditch his entourage Will Salthouse from Unique Sports Management in September after a move failed to materialise.
Arsenal launched a £40 million offer in the summer but the Selhurst Park club wanted double that for their key man before the Gunners sealed a club-record deal to bring in Nicolas Pepe from Ligue 1 club LOSC Lille.
The Blues are understood to be long-term admirers of Wilfried and know the likes of Willian and Pedro are surely nearing the end of their Chelsea careers.
Even with Callum Hudson-Odoi signing a fresh contract and the arrival of Christian Pulisic, the Ivory Coast international could still offer plenty to Frank Lampard’s attack next campaign.
There is a chance that Chelsea boss will make a move in January following positive news at Stamford Bridge.