Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is reportedly planning to scout Goncalo Ramos on Friday in order to derail Manchester United’s summer transfer plans.
Portuguese newspaper Record claims the Blues are set to scout the Portugal international and Boehly could even make the trip to Lisbon himself to attend Benfica’s match with Porto to run the rule over the highly-rated striker.
That could throw a wrench in the works for Manchester United, who were said to be the frontrunners to sign Ramos this summer after starring at the World Cup.
Chelsea have already raided Benfica once with the £107 million record signing of Enzo Fernandez in January, and it appears he could return for a second drive come summer.
Spanish goalie on Chelsea’s radar free to leave PL club this summer
As well as a star striker, the Blues are in the market for a new No.1 this summer with their current options struggling to make the grade this season.
Chelsea have both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy in their ranks but neither have looked convincing of late, though their futures at Stamford Bridge may depend on who succeeds interim boss Frank Lampard in the summer.
One name that has been linked to the West London outfit, is Brentford star David Raya, who Thomas Frank has all but confirmed will be leaving the club in the summer.
However, another Spanish keeper playing in the Premier League has emerged as an alternative option for Chelsea, with Sanchez free to leave the Amex in the summer according to reports.
The 25-year-old has been at Brighton for a decade now and has played a pivotal part in the club’s rise up the table, keeping 28 clean sheets in 88 games for the Seagulls.
However, he has recently lost his starting place in the team, with new boss Roberto De Zerbi preferring Jason Steele in goal.
While Sanchez and De Zerbi reportedly remain on good terms but should the Seagulls receive a suitable offer for the keeper in the summer, they will not stand in his way of regular first-team football.
Brighton could demand as much as £28 million for the Spain international, but it remains to be seen whether the player himself wants a move away given they have a great chance at qualifying for European football.