CHELSEA are set to rival Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to the signing of Alex Telles, according to reports.
The Porto left-back will consider himself unlucky not to be at the World Cup with Brazil following his stunning season in Portugal.
The 25-year-old made 30 league starts for the champions, registering three goals and an impressive 13 assists.
And now he is braced to make the next step in his career with a host of big clubs vying for his signature.
According to reports in Le Parisien, the trio of European sides are ready to take advantage of the £35million release clause in his contract.
Liverpool are in the market for a new left-back with Alberto Moreno closer to the exit door.
The unpredictable Spaniard has just 12 months left on his current deal and is unlikely to extend his stay at Anfield.
Liverpool could also steal a march on Chelsea with the prospect of Champions League football next season.
Meanwhile the Blues are pushing for deals to land centre-backs Daniele Rugani and Kostas Manolas.
But their first priority remains sealing a deal to appoint a new manager with Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc leading the pack.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis fuelled further speculation that Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Sarri after agreeing to drop his asking price.
He said: “If anyone comes to negotiate for him, I will be very reasonable.’
“I am not a vindictive person and, I repeat, Sarri will always have my thanks.”