The Premier League Champions, despite being heavily linked with Real Madrid defender Danilo, may look to solve their left-back problems by resigning a former player.
It has emerged that Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is of interest to Antonio Conte, and the Italian manager would like to bring the England international back to Chelsea.
Bertrand played at Stamford Bridge for 9 years (much of that time spent on loan), making 29 League appearances over that time. He also notably featured as a winger in the clubs 2012 European Cup win against Bayern Munich, under the management of Roberto Di Matteo.
Bertrand moved to Southampton in 2015, after spending the previous season on-loan with them. Since joining the club, he has made the left-back position his own and has been regarded as one of their stand-out performers for the past two seasons.
Brazilian defender Danilo emerged as the prime target for the position, and it is believed that Chelsea are closing in on securing his signature.
It is unclear at this time whether Bertrand would still be signed if Danilo’s move was confirmed, but it is also believed that Conte is keen on bolstering his defence for the new season, so may still bring try to bring the defender back to Stamford Bridge.
Whether one, two or neither of the players are signed, the Blues will more than likely be adding a new full back to their ranks in the coming days to rival Victor Moses for a starting position in the side.
Chelsea have already added three players to their ranks following a slow start to the transfer window, with Tiemoue Bakayoko joining Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero in signing for the Premier League champions.