CHELSEA face being hijacked for the second time in one day with West Ham plotting a move for Blues target Elye Wahi.
It comes with Liverpool – the Blues’ home opponent on Sunday – muscling in on their pursuit of Moises Caicedo.Elye Wahi celebrates after a goal with Montpellier[/caption]
Chelsea were reportedly close to a transfer for Wahi in July.
The Montpellier star excelled in Ligue 1 last season, recording 19 goals and six assists in 33 appearances.
Mauricio Pochettino’s remade Blues squad continues to fine tune their squad heading into the opening of the 2023-24 season.
On Thursday morning Chelsea were closing in on a stunning £170m triple transfer that included Tyler Adams, Romeo Lavia and Caicedo.
The highly rated Wahi has already been compared to Chelsea legend N’Golo Kante, despite playing a different position.
Wahi and Kante, who left for a huge contract in Saudi Arabia for Al-Ittihad, both hail from the small Paris suburb of Courcouronnes and started their careers at local amateur club JS Suresnes.
Wahi has been hotly pursued following his Ligue 1 success.
Chelsea had already made an offer for his services.
Liverpool finished fifth last season in the Premier League.
Chelsea, who underwent multiple changes at the top, were a disappointing 12th but expect improvement this year.