Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could utilise a transfer clause in January to beat Everton to the signing of their former midfielder Jeremie Boga.
The 23-year-old left Stamford Bridge for Sassuolo back in 2018 and has caught the eye of potential suitors.
Boga has made 40 starts for the Serie A side since his £3.5m move, scoring seven goals and laying on three assists for his team mates.
The French-born Ivory Coast international plays most of his football on the left hand side of midfield, and could be seen as a long-term replacement for Pedro or Willian who are both out of contract in the summer.
Italian journalist Nico Schira has offered an update on the latest proceedings, suggesting that Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton and Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis are also keen to secure a deal.
Schira has also outlined why Chelsea are in pole position having sorted a buy-back clause of around £13m when he left.
He wrote on Twitter : “Napoli are really interested in Jeremy Boga for the summer.
“De Laurentiis are working to offer €18-20M to Sassuolo for the winger.
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“Chelsea could exercise €15M buy-back for Boga until June. Also Everton have been scouting him.”
Lampard has been reserved when asked about any potential incoming deals throughout January after being open about possible plans in December.
“We are certainly joined up on recruitment,” he said.
“I know we haven’t done anything yet so there is no proof in that but we are joined up.
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“I have very close conversations with Marina [Granovskaia, director], Petr Cech [technical and performance adviser] and Scott [McLachlan], who is the head of our recruitment department.”
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