Chelsea have joined Everton in the race to sign Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon, voted “the best left-back in La Liga” last season.
Last week Everton bid £18m for the Real Madrid academy product – who received rave reviews while on loan at Sevilla, helping the Andalusian club to fourth place and Champions League qualification.
Chelsea’s interest may cast doubt over whether the club will continue their pursuit of Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell.
The clubs have so far failed to reach a deal and are poles apart on a valuation – although Leicester are believed to have softened their original demands for an £80m transfer fee.
For now, Chelsea have made their interest in Reguilon known – and are expected to trump Everton’s £18m bid in the coming days.
Frank Lampard is keen to strengthen his defensive options with neither Marcos Alonso nor Emerson Palmieri managing to make the left-back position their own last season.