Chelsea are being tipped to move for Everton left-back Lucas Digne following the news that Ben Chilwell could miss the rest of the season.
Digne was previously touted as a potential signing for Chelsea should Chilwell be out for a long spell.
And the Frenchman is being strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge now it has been confirmed that Chilwell will remain sidelined.
Digne has fallen out of favour under Everton boss Rafael Benitez, prompting speculation about the player’s future.
The Guardian reports that Chelsea could sign him on loan so he can act as cover while Chilwell is out.
Chilwell requires knee surgery and looks likely to miss the rest of the campaign.
The England international suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage during Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win against Juventus on 23 November, but the Blues hoped he would be able to recover without an operation.
Boss Thomas Tuchel said at the time that Chilwell would be assessed after six weeks and would then either be close to a return or would have to have surgery.
The initial signs were positive and, with Chilwell seemingly responding well to treatment, the club were hopeful he would be back sooner rather than later.
However, it has since become apparent that an operation will be needed, potentially ruling him out for several months.