Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a €50m (£43m) move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and have lined up Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali as a back-up option.
The duo are also said to be of interest to Juventus as well after enjoying impressive seasons at their respective club sides.
Aouar played a key role in Lyon’s 1-0 win over Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, assisting Lucas Tousart’s winner.
Meanwhile, Tonali has been linked with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool after bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old while Brescia were in Serie B.
Lyon star Houssem Aouar is reportedly Liverpool’s top transfer target this summer
He has since gone on to help his boyhood club get promoted and has already earned senior international honours.
Now, Italian news outlet Tuttosport are reporting that Tonali and Aouar are transfer targets for a number of Europe’s top clubs.
The report states that Chelsea are “particularly serious” about Aouar and that they view him as “a more offensive Miralem Pjanic”.
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Juventus are set to rival the Blues for his services and both sides are also monitoring Tonali.
It certainly appears as though Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is planning a huge summer spending spree after he was unable to sign a single player in January.
Speaking ahead of their Premier League clash with relegation strugglers Bournemouth, he said: “There is a reason why we are where we are [in the table].
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“We have not challenged in the Premier League for a couple of years. We want to close that gap.
“Come the summer, of course as a club we want to move forward and make some decisions.
“We are certainly on the same page here when I speak with the board and we have our conversations. We know we are…