Chelsea are in talks with Roma regarding a potential deal for centre-back Antonio Rudiger.
The former Stuttgart defender is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge and his advisor will fly out to London to hold talks with the Premier League champions.
The two clubs remain some way apart in their valuations of the Germany international, who was named in the nation’s squad for Euro 2016 but ultimately missed out after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The Guardian claim Roma, who finished second in Serie A behind Juventus, want €45m for the 24-year-old but Chelsea are eager to pay closer to €35m as they search the transfer market for another centre-back.
After John Terry’s retirement and the £20m sale of Nathan Ake to Bournemouth, Chelsea are looking to sign another defender and manager Antonio Conte had been interested in pursuing a deal for Juventus and Italy star Leonardo Bonucci as well as Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.
Rudiger is currently on international duty with Germany as they prepare for the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, where Joachim Low’s side will play Chile.
Chelsea are also keen to finalise deals for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko as they look to improve the squad that won the 2016-17 Premier League.
Bakayoko’s arrival could be the catalyst for Nemanja Matic’s proposed move to Manchester United, with the Blues expected to recoup up to £40m for the 28-year-old Serbia international.