Premier League club Burnley want to join the race for Chelsea highly-rated full-back Reece James and ready to offer him a new deal.
Top Turf Moor scout Mike Rigg is keeping tabs on the 19-year-old defender to fill their problem at the defensive end.
Burnley are happy to take the 19-year-old starlet on loan and give him that experience rather than buy him.
That could give Sean Dyche’s men the edge over rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton, who want to secure his services permanently.
The English defender has spent this campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic, where he has been an ever-present in England’s second division.
The Blues were looking to loan James abroad — as we revealed last week, however, Burnley can keep him on the verge to home.
The Clarets are also eyeing move for an interest in Derby full-back Jayden Bogle as an alternative.
Meanwhile, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly considering to axe manager Maurizio Sarri after the international break following Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.
The Blues dominated the first half at the Merseyside without finding a breakthrough, and they were made to pay after the break as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Brazilian attacker Richarlison put another major dent in their race for the top-four finish.
Italian head-coach’s future came under intense scrutiny since the last month following a string of poor results and an extraordinary incident in the EFL Cup final when Kepa Arrizabalaga openly snubbed Sarri’s decision to substitute him at the late stage of the final against Manchester City.