According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are interested in making a January move for impressive Lyon defender Mouctar Diakhaby, who would cost in excess of £30m, but they could face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester City for his signature.
Well, the Daily Mail has identified five players that Blues boss Antonio Conte in the New Year to boost his squad after a slightly underwhelming summer transfer window, with Diakhaby’s name on the list.
The Daily Mail says the west London outfit have been impressed with the 20-year-old’s performances for the Ligue 1 outfit this term, and they believe he has plenty of potential to grow and improve.
However, the report adds that Man City are also keen on the young Frenchman, who Lyon would hope to get more than £30m for considering his current contract isn’t due to run out until 2022.
He has certainly been impressive.
The 20-year-old was in and out of the Lyon side earlier in the campaign, but he has started their last three matches in all competitions and even got on the score-sheet in the 4-0 win against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League last Thursday.
While he is primarily a centre-back, the France Under-21 international also showed his versatility by playing in a defensive midfield role against the Cypriot outfit.
As one of the future, he certainly would be.
The 6ft 3in central defender certainly has all of the attributes to be a success in the Premier League, and he may well be seen as a potential long-term replacement for the likes of Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz at Stamford Bridge.
The fact that he has been in and out of the Lyon side suggests he needs a little longer there to develop and improve before he moves to England, however.