Chelsea believe that Liverpool’s failure to complete a deal for Nabil Fekir has opened the door for them to do so.
The Premier League club have been monitoring the situation closely as the Lyon captain came close to making a move worth around £50m to Anfield last week.
But the French club ended the negotiations after all the formalities were completed, aside from the signing of contracts, and Fekir has jetted off to Russia for the World Cup as their player still.
Chelsea, along with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, were also interested in Fekir, but did not lodge bids after being informed that the twenty-five year old had his mind made up and heart set on making the move to Merseyside.
The London club believe that they may now have the opportunity to change his mind after France’s involvement in the World Cup is over and will set about trying to convince him to head to Stamford Bridge instead.
A drawback to their plan is the lack of Champions League football on offer there next season, coupled with the uncertainty over just who will be first-team manager.
Antonio Conte appears to be on his way out, despite winning the Premier League title in his debut season in charge and FA Cup last season.