According to Don Balon, Chelsea is keen to sign Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio this summer and are ‘willing to do everything’ to land his signature.
The Blues are reportedly ‘trying to convince’ the 22-year-old to exit the Santiago Bernabéu for Stamford Bridge to bolster their attack.
Chelsea has Eden Hazard, Willian, and Pedro as attacking options behind lone striker Alvaro Morata, but their form has been inconsistent, and they’ve struggled for goals this season – scoring just 57 in 33 games.
One season after winning the Premier League title, the Blues look set to miss out on the Champions League.
As a result, Roman Abramovich is desperate to sign underappreciated talent at a top European side and Asensio seems to fit the bill.
The Spanish international joined Real from RCD Mallorca in 2015 and has gone on to make 83 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 28 goals.
This season, the £302.2m outcast has made 45 appearances but only 55% have been started.
He’s struggled to convince manager Zinedine Zidane that he deserves a regular spot in the Real XI which could see him consider a move elsewhere if an offer is put to him.
Don Balon believe Chelsea are keen, but time will tell if such interest will turn into an official approach.
Chelsea star Marcos Alonso: Defender could be banned for FA Cup semi-final
The wing-back made a reckless a tackle on Saints striker Shane Long towards the end of the first half of his team’s 3-2 win on Saturday.
Antonio Conte’s side was 1-0 down to a Dusan Tadic goal when frustration seemed to get the better of Alonso.
The Spaniard appeared to the stamp of the back on Long’s calf while making a minimal effort to win the ball.
Referee Mike Dean failed to produce a yellow card for the challenge which many have seen as a sending-off offense.
The Southampton forward was forced to leave the field for treatment but was eventually able to continue.
Alonso could face retrospective action if Dean claims he did not fully see the incident in his match report which will be sent to the FA.
According to the Daily Mail, FA Chiefs are still investigating the challenge and are reviewing footage of the incident.
The FA could still charge Alonso with violent conduct, which would result in a three-game ban.
Saints legend Matt Le Tissier was outraged by Dean’s failure to take action on the shocking challenge.
“How this is not seen by the referee is quite bizarre,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.
“If he wasn’t quite so arrogant he’d probably be embarrassed about missing a tackle like this.
“There is one thing in his mind there, and that is to hurt Shane Long and Mike Dean is looking right at the incident.
“How on earth he misses this is incredible.”