Chelsea’s board have held a meeting with Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey to discuss a potential move to Stamford Bridge in January.
Liverpool and Manchester United have both linked with signing Jamaican all summer long.
The 20-year-old has been in stunning form for the German club this campaign with four goals and four assists in just 12 games for the Bundesliga giants.
The Jamaican winger has also attracted strong interest from Spanish giants Barcelona who are seeking a long-term replacement for departed Neymar.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea scouts kept a close eye on Bailey in Leverkusen’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart last weekend.
The report also suggested that on the same day, the Blues hierarchy got together to discuss the prospect of signing Jamaican winger during the January transfer window.
Earlier this week, reports suggested that Bailey could leave the club for £20 million and Liverpool alongside with Man Utd have emerged as one of the main favourites to sign the talented winger. And now their Premier League rivals, Chelsea have also joined the race.
As part of the deal, Defending Premier League champions are reportedly considering the option of loaning Bailey back to Leverkusen for the remainder of the 2017/18 season.
Bailey is a regular on Leverkusen’s wing, and his pace could help him easily to adapt Premier League football.
Liverpool are keen on to sign a replacement for Coutinho, while Manchester and Chelsea want to add sharpness to their offensive end.