Chelsea believe that they will be able to secure the signing of Leicester City left back Ben Chilwell if they secure a Champions League berth for next season, according to Daily Mail.
Chilwell has been linked with the Blues for a while now with manager Frank Lampard seemingly eager to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
The 23 year old has been one of the standout performers in Leicester’s exceptional season so far which saw them sit in third place, five points clear of Chelsea in fourth, before the Coronavirus break.
Lampard wanted to bring in a left back in January as well after being unimpressed with the performances of Marcos Alonso and Emerson but was unable to find an adequate candidate.
Signing Chilwell will not be an easy task for the Chelsea admin with Leicester proving themselves to be hard negotiators which was shown last summer when they secured £80 million for Harry Maguire.
Further, the English international has four years left on his contract at the King Power Stadium but Chelsea are confident of getting their man nonetheless.
The Blues were under a transfer ban last summer and were unable to make any signings in the January window and are keen to make up for lost time as they aim to get back to the top of the English football pyramid.
They have been very active in the transfer market since then and have already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
If Chilwell does move to London, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is eyeing Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand as a potential replacement, according to Daily Mail.
Rodgers has worked with Bertrand before at Chelsea and Reading and his experience in Europe will be useful as Leicester seem set to qualify for next year’s Champions League.
Chelsea are meanwhile less certain with their European status with the club just three points ahead of Manchester United in fifth and five in front of Sheffield United who have a game in hand as well.