Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Wolfsburg defender Maxence Lacroix, according to a recent report from ESPN.
The west Londoners are currently the favourites in the race to land Jules Kounde, with Sevilla ready to drop their €80m valuation.
The star has even agreed to personal terms and is willing to transfer to Stamford Bridge but it appears the Blues have identified a few alternatives, in case the reported deal goes south, as it did this summer.
One of the stars Chelsea are considering is the Frenchman, who is widely considered as one of the most gifted young defenders in the Bundesliga.
Formerly of the Sochaux youth sector, he has enjoyed immense success at Volkswagen Arena since joining the club last year. he has notched up 57 competitive appearances for them.
The 21-year-old’s defensive partnership alongside the American star John Brooks last term played a central role behind the team’s top-four finish.
With seven successive defeats across all competitions, the club are already out of European action while they’re also dawdling on the wrong side of the standings, with very little chance of battling for European places.
It could open up an avenue for Thomas Tuchel’s side to snap up the highly-regarded youngster in January.