Chelsea FC has made a bid for AS Monaco center-back Benoit Badiashile, whom they see as a possible replacement for RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.
Last summer, the Blues were reportedly very close to signing Gvardiol, with whom they had personal terms, but were unable to complete the transaction.
The 20-year-old, who was previously regarded as an elite talent, has since established himself among the top defenders and piqued the interest of even more people.
His outstanding performance in the 2022 World Cup has only increased his value, and as a result, according to The Athletic, Chelsea is considering alternative options for January or next summer, with Badiashile at the top of their list.
Chelsea are already in talks with Monaco about a potential deal for the 21-year-old, which is expected to cost around £31 million, according to the report.
However, in France, it was claims that Chelsea has already made an offer for the player worth €40 million (approximately £35.5 million).
Monaco are also said to be interested in selling the France international, whose contract with the club expires in the summer of 2024, believing that now is the best time to cash in on the player.
Chelsea may hold the lead, but they are not the only horse in the race.
Manchester United are said to be keeping a close eye on Badiashile, while Newcastle United and Sevilla have previously expressed interest.
Sevilla, in particular, is said to have prepared a bid worth €20-30 million (£17.7-26.5 million).