Chelsea are interested in Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez, according to reports.
The Algerian international, who won the PFA Player of the Year award when the Foxes won the title in 2015/16, has been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium, but speculation about his future has intensified ahead of the January transfer window.
Roma were reportedly close to signing the winger in the summer, but they did not make an offer which was deemed acceptable.
Leicester have lost several of their title-winning squad, with the likes of N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater heading to Chelsea.
And there is speculation that Mahrez will be the next big name heading to Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old has previously hinted that he has aspirations to play at a higher level, claiming a potential move was “blocked”.
“Yes, (there will be) no problem if something comes up.
“But behind the scenes they were blocking stuff — talking to clubs but just not wanting to sell me. I’m confident. Contract or no contract, I believe I will get to the top. When you have quality, and show it, there’s no problem.”
Here’s how Chelsea fans reacted to the rumours surrounding Mahrez.
Mahrez agreed terms with Chelsea 👀👀
— Cam🇯🇲 (@BFooli) January 1, 2018
Mahrez is a great player but he his not worth the 50mil leicester asking for
— Low Bid Chelsea (@CescMaestro04) January 1, 2018
Mahrez is a necessity this month.
— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) January 1, 2018
Chelsea should seriously sign Mahrez before we play Leicester on 13th Jan haha #CFC
— Danger Moss (@danger_moss) January 1, 2018
Chelsea have to go for mahrez. Not doing so wouldnt make any sense.
— The Gent (@MrMeeds) January 1, 2018
We want Mahrez at Chelsea
— Olumide Farinre (@OlueinsteinMD) January 1, 2018
If Mahrez moves to Chelsea can you imagine Hazard and Mahrez??? pic.twitter.com/CI57Lqnetd
— O. (@O_SoChilled) January 1, 2018
if chelsea have brains they will get mahrez for whatever it takes
— h: (@loveashvikxo) January 1, 2018
Need a Mahrez move to Chelsea
— MW🇸🇾 (@AtomicLaPulga) January 1, 2018
Mahrez To Chelsea
Will Be Damaging
For Other Clubs
— Name Cannot Be Blank (@GENTULIUSJULIUS) January 1, 2018
@Chelsea Announce Mahrez
— Kwabena Bamfo (@KwabenaBamfo) January 1, 2018
Just want Mahrez to play for Chelsea 😪
— alexii (@emhazar) January 1, 2018
@ChelseaFC SIGN RIYAD MAHREZ
— Jannat (@ContesChelsea) January 1, 2018
Mahrez and Vidal needed at Chelsea. Come on @ChelseaFC
— ConteIsBlue (@abhimanyu_2004) January 1, 2018
Please just get Mahrez done Chelsea
— // (@Alvarobility) January 1, 2018