Chelsea have entered the race for RB Salzburg star Benjamin Sesko this summer, despite Manchester United having held talks with the Slovenian ahead of a potential move to Old Trafford.
The Blues are in need of new forwards, with Romelu Lukaku having returned to Italy and Timo Werner likely to return to Germany, while the futures of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic remain up in the air.
And to that end, they have held conversations with Sesko’s agent with the view to a potential move this summer, with Salzburg having set a £45m price tag on the teenager.
In an ideal world, the Austrian side would like to keep hold of their gem for another season, but should bids to that nature be forthcoming this summer, they would be inclined to cash in.
Manchester United have also been in direct contact, as they look to bolster their frontline, and the Red Devils are currently weighing up whether or not to match that valuation.
The Red Devils are heading into the season with just Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo as recognised strikers, and the future of the latter remains unclear. They have already been priced out of a move for Ajax forward Antony.
Chelsea also keen on Frenkie de Jong
The Blues are also keen on adding Frenkie de Jong to their side, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United since the transfer window opened at the end of the season, but has so far been reluctant to move away from the Camp Nou.
However, Chelsea have remained interested and, according to the Independent ‘the London club [are] now looking the likeliest club to sign the midfielder’, with the lure of London and the prospect of Champions League football likely pivotal in that u-turn.
Should the Blues pull off both deals, it would leave Manchester United scrambling with just days until they kick off their new season.