Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Monaco’s Bernardo Silva over a summer move to Stamford Bridge.
And the 22-year-old, who is valued nearly £70 million, has become a top priority, as the Blues have initiated discussions with the player’s representatives.
Chelsea are next to guaranteed Champions League football next season and then there will be no luxury of one per week week next term.
And this is the fact bothering Antonio Conte the most, who has already assured he will recruit genuine quality in the West London ranks, as well as reserve enough cover for a congested fixture list.
Silva can be used as No 10 or on the right hand side and would fit perfectly into Conte’s formation. But the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are well aware that there is a potential bidding war waiting for Silva.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also keeping tabs on Silva after the Monaco ace ripped apart Spurs in the Champions League group stages this season.