Chelsea ‘begin talks’ with Leicester City over Ben Chilwell transfer but have a backup plan should a deal fall through

Chelsea have begun talks with Leicester City about a possible deal to sign Ben Chilwell, according to reports in Spain.

The Blues are looking for a long-term option at left-back with neither Marcos Alonso or Emerson trusted, despite the former’s uptick in goal contributions prior to the season’s pause.

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Leicester star Ben Chilwell is a wanted man
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The Premier League giants have long held and interest in the England international but it appears they are readying a bid for his services.

By entering negotiations about a transfer, Chelsea are now ahead of several other clubs looking into signing Chilwell, 23, including Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

And he fits the profile of signing current manager Frank Lampard is looking to make as he ups the number of young English stars in his Stamford Bridge side.

Leicester will be tough to deal with and are reluctant to sell such a key player but it’s believed as part of their current model they will sell at least one big name every summer if the money is right.

Last year, after plenty of haggling, it was Harry Maguire who left for Manchester United and their smart recruitment saw them bring Caglar Soyuncu straight into the first XI and they are now above the Red Devils in the Premier League table, with the Turkish ace settling tremendously well.

If Chelsea can’t get their top target, though, they have a shortlist of stars who they could also move for.

On the alleged list are Porto ace Alex Telles, Atalanta wing-back Robin Gosens, Aston Villa’s Matt Targett, and Basel’s Blas Riveros.

Meanwhile, other reports suggest they have interest in Monaco’s Fode Ballo-Toure.

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Matt Targett is also being watched by Chelsea
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