Chelsea are reportedly regarded as the frontrunners to land the signature of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City in January, provided they are able to overcome their transfer ban.
The west London giants are presently banned from registering new players until July 2020 but they are hopeful of reducing the embargo by six months with an appeal made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
According to The Mail, the Blues may enter the transfer market at the turn of the year, should they successfully win the appeal against their ban for breaking rules with regards to under-age foreign players.
It is added that the left-back position could be a potential area in need of strengthening and the Blues have their sights on pursuing Leicester City’s Chilwell.
Marcos Alonso and Emerson have been the left-back options for the Blues this campaign and the latter has been the regular choice when he has been fit.
Still, manager Frank Lampard seems intent on pursuing a left-back, who is solid with both the defensive and offensive facets of the game and that brings a player of Chilwell’s calibre on the radar.
Leicester City have generally snubbed the opportunity to sell their main players at the midway stage of the season and it remains to be seen whether the Blues can convince them into an agreement, suppose their ban is lifted.
The 22-year-old has recently transformed into a regular with the England national side and started the Three Lions’ comfortable 6-0 triumph over Bulgaria on Monday.
Should the Blues pursue another left-back, one of Alonso or Emerson could be headed for a mid-season departure and reports have indicated that the latter is attracting interest from Juventus.