Chelsea eye £15m part exchange deal for Leicester City sensation

Chelsea are lining up a stunning player exchange plus £15m swoop for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Blues have been linked with the Algerian attacker for large parts of the season after his emergence as one of the most exciting players in the league.

He has been a key cog in the Foxes’ surprising charge up the league, notching 13 goals and registering a further seven assists in the Premier League thus far.

Now, reports claim the fallen champions are lining up a deal that would include Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu, as well as a £15m fee.

The 24-year old has endured a frustrating spell on the books of the Blues having failed to make a single first-team outing since joining from Porto in 2013.

He had similar disappointments on loan at both Everton and Bournemouth, the latter having recently cut short his spell on the South Coast.

However, the Spanish outlet suggests La Liga side Levante are keen on taking the player over to Spain, potentially scuppering any deal Chelsea may have planned.