CHELSEA have reportedly made contact with Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde over a potential summer move.
And with Barca looking to land Marcos Alonso from Stamford Bridge, Chelsea could demand Balde in return.
The 18-year-old played five times for Barcelona this season after joining their academy in 2011.
Balde has just two years to run on his current Nou Camp deal.
And the potential arrival of Alonso threatens to restrict his minutes even further.
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Balde has now asked Barcelona to clarify his position in Xavi Hernandez’s squad.
And it could open the door for a stunning move to London.
Chelsea are thought to have enquired about Balde last summer, as well as in January 2021.
The defender has a release clause of £427million.
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But Chelsea could take advantage of Barca’s interest in Alonso – and captain Cesar Azpilicueta – to seal a deal.
The Blues are yet to make a signing this summer.
But it’s reckoned Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is growing ever nearer to a London transfer.
Chelsea also have Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Man City’s Gabriel Jesus on their radar.
That’s as Romelu Lukaku pushes for a loan return to Inter Milan, less than a year after Chelsea signed him for a club record £97.5m fee.