Chelsea are allegedly moving closer to securing the signing of Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.
However, Chelsea have largely looked poor in defence during 2022-23, even if Kepa Arrizabalaga put together a run of five clean sheets at one stage.
Although just 17 goals have been conceded in 14 top-flight fixtures, four strikes were recently shipped versus Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea have lost four of their last five games in all competitions.
Last week, it was claimed that the West Londoners were attempting to rectify the situation by pushing through a deal for Badiashile.
While it is indicated that negotiations are ongoing, Chelsea are said to be willing to pay in the region of €35m (£30.8m) for the 21-year-old.
Badiashile is largely regarded as one of the best defensive prospects in world football, despite missing out on a place in his country's World Cup squad.
Sixteen appearances have been made for Monaco in all competitions during 2022-23, while he also started two of France's games in the UEFA Nations League.
However, Monaco are at a point where they must consider selling one of their most prized assets, who has just over 18 months remaining on his contract.
As has been the case with other recent deals, the Chelsea hierarchy are bidding to steal a march on their rivals to bring in yet another top young talent.