Report: Man Utd ready to make big-money move for Chelsea target

Manchester United are reportedly ready to spend big in order to beat Chelsea to the signing of Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is said to be very keen to sign the England international once Chelsea’s transfer ban is lifted.

The ban is due to cease next summer but could be lifted in January if Chelsea succeed with an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Daily Mail say Chelsea are front-runners to sign Chilwell after Manchester City, who were also linked with him, apparently cooled their interest.

However, The Sun say United are prepared to pay £130m for Chilwell and his Leicester team-mate James Maddison.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly desperate to sign both players in order to kick-start his side’s poor season.

A United source told the newspaper: “We have already compiled a scouting report of both of them. We have been watching them for a few years now.

“They fit all the right requirements and criteria in terms of quality and keeping an English core which is important.

“Ole likes them but it would be difficult to get them both at the same time. We will have to wait and see what happens.”