Andreas Christensen could leave on loan in order for Chelsea to sign West Ham star Issa Diop or Bournemouth ace Nathan Ake.
AC Milan have emerged as strong contenders to snap up the Dane on a temporary basis as they look to reinforce their backline.
The Serie A outfit have struggled this campaign and have already sacked Marco Giampaolo, who was hired in the summer, and been replaced by Stefano Pioli.
Christensen has found himself bottom of the pecking order at Chelsea under Frank Lampard this campaign.
Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori have all been picked ahead of him.
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A centre-back is also top of Lampard’s shopping list as he looks to eradicate a growing problem in defence.
Chelsea have struggled to keep clean sheets this season and it has led to links to Diop and Ake.
Particularly the latter, with the Blues having a £40m buyback clause after selling the Dutchman to Bournemouth back in 2017.
Nathan Ake has been linked with a move back to Chelsea
According to the Daily Express, Lampard would only let Christensen go if one of these targets were signed.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of transfer targets this summer, not just defenders.
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The Blues also want a left-back, a wide-forward and a striker.
Ben Chilwell of Leicester has been reported to be in the club’s sights but the Foxes have no intention of letting him go in January.
Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho are also in the same boat, with RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund toiling for the Bundesliga title.
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