Chelsea are interested in signing Antonio Rudiger from Roma, but he is one of a number of centre backs they are monitoring.
Roma did not want to sell Rudiger this summer but they are now willing to listen to offers for him because his team-mate Kostas Manolas pulled out of a £30m move to Zenit St Petersburg at the last minute yesterday.
Reports claim that Chelsea are will to pay €33m plus €5m in add ons for Rudiger.
We understand Virgil Van Dijk remains Chelsea’s number one defensive target, but Southampton have re-iterated this week that they do not want to sell the Dutch centre back.
Antonio Rüdiger, who joined Roma from Stuttgart in 2015, on loan for the first season, was named in Germany’s squad for Euro 2016 but had to withdraw because of a serious knee injury. He is playing in the Confederations Cup, in which Germany face Chile in the final on Sunday.
Chelsea are set to conclude deals for the midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko from Monaco and the left-back Alex Sandro from Juventus. The arrival of Bakayoko could provide the trigger for Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United.