Chelsea may finally be able to persuade Crystal Palace to part with star man Wilfried Zaha this January.
The Blues have been a fan of the Ivorian for a number of months and are finally allowed to sign players again after their transfer ban was lifted.
Crystal Palace still value Zaha at £80m, which proved too much for Arsenal in the summer.
But Chelsea have both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi to offer in a bid to bring the cost of any potential transfer down.
The Telegraph claim both strikers, who have struggled for game time this season, are available as potential makeweights as they seek a Stamford Bridge exit.
Red Bull Leipzig’s Timo Werner is another forward Chelsea are looking at.
But Palace’s interest in both Giroud and Batshuayi could mean the Blues turn their attention to Zaha instead of the German hitman.
The Eagles attacker hasn’t enjoyed the same success in front of goal as past seasons.
And Jamie Carragher has urged Chelsea not to make a move for the 27-year-old.
Crystal Palace still value Wilfried Zaha at £80m
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“No, I’m not really sure about that one,” he told Sky Sports Christmas.
“I think Chelsea have more than enough in wide positions.
“They’ve got Hudson-Odoi, [Christian] Pulisic is there as well.
“I know they’ve still got a couple of older players in as well like Willian.
“Sometimes they can also play Mason Mount from the side.
Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are both expected to leave Liverpool
“I think it would block Hudson-Odoi if Zaha came in as well. I don’t really think they need that type of player.”
Giroud has also been linked with a shock return to Arsenal.
The Frenchman looks destined to leave west London next month and could head back to the Gunners with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future up in the air.
Giroud is said to be open to an Arsenal return, despite only leaving…