Chelsea's preparations for next season are already in full swing, despite the Blues still having at least one more match of the 2019-20 campaign to play.
Frank Lampard's side fell to a 2-1 loss to Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup final and trail Bayern Munich 3-0 on aggregate ahead of next Saturday's Champions League last-16 second leg.
Monday morning's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:
The same report indicates that signing a player who can play in the middle and at left-back remains an option, providing that Emerson Palmieri is moved on during the summer window.
A new goalkeeper is surely a top priority for Lampard after dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea's final two games of the domestic campaign, including the FA Cup final.
Kepa arrived at Stamford Bridge as the world's most expensive keeper in 2018 but has failed to make a positive impact in his two years in West London.
Lampard is supposedly happy to prioritise a pursuit of Pope after the England international's superb campaign at Turf Moor, though he could cost in the region of £50m.