Few Chelsea fans would know the name Richmond Boakye but the Red Star striker could be set to make a move to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens next month.
Following the club record signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, Chelsea are on the hunt again for a striker to back up their Spanish talisman as Antonio Conte has appeared to lose faith in Belgian marksman Michy Batshuayi.
The Blues manager seemingly prefers to play with no recognised striker at all and deploy Eden Hazard as a false nine instead of relying on Batshuayi when Morata is unavailable.
With rumours linking the Chelsea forward with a loan move to Monaco, the Premier League champions are believed to be interested in bringing Boakye to west London as a replacement.
And after bagging 23 goals from his first 28 games of the season, Boakye has admitted that he would be interested in joining the Premier League champions to set up a reunion with Conte.
The Ghanian international is being tracked by a number of top European clubs following an impressive start to the season which has seen Red Star open up a nine point gap at the top of the league.
Even more impressively, the Serbian side have made it all the way from the first qualifying round of the Europa League to the knock out stages, having finished second in their group behind Arsenal.
According to GhanaSoccer.net, the club are now considering bids from Besiktas, Rennes and Anderlecht for Boakye – ranging from £6m to £8m.
But Chelsea do hold an advantage over their rivals in their pursuit of Boakye, with the 24-year-old a known admirer of Blues boss Conte after the Italian brought him to Juventus as a teenager.
“Conte wanted me and bought me to Juventus from Sassuolo,” Boayke explained last month. “For me he represented a great coach and I’ll always thank him.
“I remember when I was loaned to Elche because there was no room for me, he called me to remind me that I had all the qualities. For a 19-year-old boy, it was very satisfying. If he wants me, I’m so happy to find him again.”