In the latest Chelsea transfer news, interest in AS Roma centre back Antonio Rudiger appears to be warming up as the British press imply that the Blues are readying a £20m bid for the Germany international.
Chelsea have one of the largest squads in England but are transitioning from a rearguard advancing in years (John Terry and Gary Cahill) to one based on youth (Kurt Zouma). Then there are also players like Matt Miazga.
The club's management, though, will likely feel that a primary pairing of Zouma and Miazga will be too inexperienced and so a reliable player will be targeted this summer.
A move for the 23-year-old makes sense on multiple fronts as he has excelled at Stuttgart and now Roma, he is a full German international and is a member of the country's squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 squad, and he will be a player incoming manager Antonio Conte will be well aware of having enjoyed a strong season in the Serie A.
In six Champions League appearances this past season, Rudiger did not shirk his responsibilities and made one defensive contribution (tackle, interception, clearance and block) for every 9.8 minutes he was on the field.
The Daily Star cite Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli as their source and, though the player is contractually-bound to Roma until 2020, there is an expectation that he will be released from his deal as the club will accept a £20m offer from Chelsea.
The West Londoners will also present the player with a five-year contract.
Chelsea have been linked with two other Roma players - midfield sensation Radja Nainggolan and creative star Miralem Pjanic.
Other Chelsea targets include Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Kalidou Koulibaly and Antoine Griezmann.