Chelsea are currently monitoring Rennes’ midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and plan to acquire his services if they confirm the departures of Ramires and John Obi Mikel, Daily Star reports.
The 22-year-old midfielder is valued at around £4million and ever since his promotion from the club’s academy, has fought his way into becoming a season regular.
Jose Mourinho is said to have sent scouts to keep an eye on the France Under-21 international in hopes that he can fill the void in midfield if his two current players are sold.
Both Ramires and Mikel are being linked with a potential cash-player swap deal with Juventus, which includes the pair and another £40million offer in the club’s attempt to secure the services of Paul Pogba.
Doucoure is a box-to-box midfielder that can easily fill the slots in the Blues midfield and can serve as back up to current starters Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas.
He explained his playing style by saying: “I’m a deep-lying playmaker. I try to make the team more solid be helping win the ball, and then when we have the ball I look to get forward and get in to positions from where I can score goals and set them up.”