Chelsea will make England goalkeeper Joe Hart their number one target if they lose Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid next summer.
The Belgium international is in Zinedine Zidane’s sights after a two transfer window ban was reduced to one, meaning they can sign players at the end of this season.
Courtois, 24, spent three seasons at Real’s fierce cross city rivals Atletico before returning to Stamford Bridge and ousting Petr Cech.
Zidane is confident that he will get his man despite the fact that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich being a massive fan and very reluctant to sell the star.
But Antonio Conte and his staff have been drawing up a list of keepers that they believe could replace Courtois and they have put Hart’s name at the very top of it.
Hart, who is on a season-long loan to Italian outfit Torino from Manchester City, has played his last game for them because he feels let down by Pep Guardiola.
City are willing to let him leave the club but this is where it could get complicated because they would prefer for him to move abroad.
Etihad bosses don’t want to go strengthening any club that they see as rivals but Hart is starting to attract interest from the Premier League.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking for a goalkeeper and would like Hart – who is valued at around £10million – to make the short trip to Anfield before the start of next season.
Tottenham were also keen but they have now dropped out of the race after France international Hugo Lloris signed a new long-term contract.
Chelsea would be able to afford the £10m fee as well as Hart’s £120,000-a-week wages but would have to persuade City to let them have the player.