Chelsea have opened discussions with Inter Milan over a move for Andre Onana with the Italian club eager to sign Trevoh Chalobah or Loftus-Cheek as part of the deal.
Kepa Arrizabalaga have been Chelsea’s no1 this campaign but neither him nor Edouard Mendy, who has struggled with injury, viewed as a long-term option in goal.
Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel and Brentford’s David Raya have been among the options considered at the club but reports in Italy suggest Chelsea have priotised a move for former Ajax shot keeper Onana.
Inter have placed a €40m (£35m) price tag on the 27-year-old goalkeeper with club officials meeting with their Chelsea counterparts on Wednesday.
During those talks, the Blues also offered to include Kepa in part of the deal, a proposal rejected by the Serie A giants.
Negotiations will continue but while Inter Milan are not interested in Kepa, Gazzetta dello Sport claim they would be open to sign another Chelsea player.
Chalobah is highly thought of at Inter. And the club are set to lose Milan Skriniar this summer, with the Slovakian set to join PSG and he is viewed as a replacement with Inter also impressed with his flexibility across the backline.
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Fellow Chelsea academy graduate Loftus-Cheek is also seen as an interesting option by the Italian club.
The midfielder has started 17 league matches this campaign but is among the Chelsea stars at risk of being moved on with the club planning a huge clear-out this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be named the new permanent Chelsea manager with the ex-Tottenham coach advanced talks with the club.
The Argentine has given his assessment of the current squad and given his verdict on a number of players whose futures are in question.
The 51-year-old has also informed the club board the presence of homegrown talent within the group can serve a major role in building a winning culture in west London.