Chelsea are working on a deal to sign Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez before the transfer market closes for business at 11pm on Thursday, according to reports.
The Blues are set for a busy deadline day, as they seek to wrap up a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and bolster their squad in other areas too.
Thomas Tuchel had made a defender and a forward his priorities at the start of the week, and The Athletic reports that Aubameyang is on his way to Stamford Bridge following the completion of a deal for ex-Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana on Wednesday.
And Chelsea are now ready to turn their attention to the centre of the park, with Alvarez at the top of their wish list in that position.
But while the Dutch giants want to keep hold of Alvarez, De Telegraaf writes that the player is pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge before the deadline.
If Chelsea succeed in their pursuit of Alvarez, they may be willing to listen to offers for Conor Gallagher, who is the subject of interest from Crystal Palace.
The Blues are unlikely to sell the England international on a permanent deal, but they may be open to letting him leave on loan for another campaign, with Gallagher eyeing a spot in Gareth Southgate's squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Tuchel's side will return to action in the Premier League against London rivals West Ham on Saturday.
A 2-1 defeat by Southampton in the midweek round of fixtures leaves Chelsea in desperate need of a victory as they seek to remain within touching distance of top spot.
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Thomas Tuchel is in a rough mood following two losses in his team's opening five games. Chelsea lost to Southampton and the German has been bullish about making transfer moves to strengthen his squad.
The Blues apparently want two new forwards. Callum Hudson-Odoi has left for Leverkusen on loan, while Crystal Palace lynchpin Wilfried Zaha and AC Milan star Rafael Leao have been touted for spectacular moves. The Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal has been said to be “close” for days.
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