(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Chelsea’s top summer transfer target has emerged as Brentford winger Said Benrahma, according to reports in Europe.
With veteran duo Willian and Pedro looking set to depart Stamford Bridge as their contracts wind down, Frank Lampard is desperate for reinforcements.
But the Blues face having to pay £31m to prise Benhrama away from Griffin Park.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic face being Lampard’s only two first-team wing options next season unless new blood arrives.
Chelsea are hoping to steal a march on rivals Arsenal and Tottenham who face having to sell before they can buy in the next transfer window.
Lampard though has funds available to drive his squad forward as they close in on Champions League qualification for the 2020-21 campaign.
Benrahma, 24, has featured in 34 of Brentford’s 37 Championship games this season and has struck 10 times, including a hat-trick against Hull.
The former Nice winger has also earned three senior caps for the Algerian national team.