Chelsea boss Frank Lampard may allegedly identify Atalanta BC midfielder Marten de Roon as a potential transfer target for 2021.
The Blues were unable to complete a deal for West Ham United's Declan Rice during the closing days of the summer window, taking the gloss off an otherwise productive period in the market.
While Chelsea remain interested in the England international, their recent financial outlay leaves Lampard contemplating other players ahead of next season.
A report in the Daily Express suggests that the West Londoners may take an interest in De Roon, who has rebuilt his career back in Italy after a season-long spell at Middlesbrough during 2016-17.
The 29-year-old has played a key role in Atalanta's progression into a top-four club in Serie A, contributing eight goals from 107 appearances in the top flight.
The Netherlands international is yet to agree terms over a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2021.