Chelsea are reportedly to open talks with Bayern Munich defender David Alaba in the New Year.
The Austrian can negotiate a pre-agreement with any club in January, setting up a free transfer at the end of his Bayern stay.
According to Bild, Frank Lampard’s side are set to be at the front of the queue in negotiating a deal.
The involvement of agent Pini Zahavi, who has helped Roman Abramovich’s club seal many transfers in the past, is said to help the Blues’ case.
Several rivals have been linked with the 28-year-old, including Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City.
Alaba fell out with the Bundesliga giants after the lack of movement in contract talks was confirmed by the club.
Reports have suggested Zahavi wants an £18million fee for cutting a deal.
Alaba has denied the sort of figures being quoted in talks and continues to be a first-choice pick for coach Hansi Flick.
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