Chelsea step up January chase to sign 17-goal Man United target

Chelsea are looking to beat Manchester United to the January signing of Basel star Breel Embolo, Metro reports.

The 18-year-old striker has also emerged as a target for a host of European giants including Juventus and Barcelona, while also being tracked by Premier League rivals Arsenal as well as Liverpool.

He caught the eye of the interested clubs after impressing last season in the Swiss top flight with 17 goals and 13 assists from a total of 42 appearances in all competitions.

The Blues are already considering the option of terminating the season-long loan deal for Radamel Falcao and could also sanction the sale of Loic Remy.

Should the pair leave, the current Premier League champions will be looking to sign Embolo to serve as backup to star man Diego Costa.

United are also targeting a January deal for his services given that they have been struggling to find the back of the net over the past few months.