Chelsea are considering to compete with Arsenal and Manchester United respectively in the pursuit of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer.
Evidence are provided by the fact the Premier League leaders scouted the pair in Saturday’s defeat at Everton.
Southampton, having already changed pretty much all its starting XI this summer getting something like more than £100m – and nevertheless succeeding in increasing their performance with new manager Koeman – will try to resist sales, but Schneiderlin has already made clear his desire to play in the Champions League next term.
as for Clyne, he will enter the final year of his contract at St Mary’s in July and initial talks over a new deal have offered no guarantees over his long-term future.
Competition to secure Schneiderlin, who has nine caps for France, will be fierce.
Ronald Koeman was intent upon building his team around the Frenchman, indicating it would take over £27m to pry him away.
Yet, a recent dip appears to rule out a top-four finish for Southampton, and therefore doubts arise over Schneiderlin’s stay.
Tottenham and Arsenal were expected to lead the race for him, but Chelsea may now try to contrast London rivals.
Clyne has established himself as England’s first-choice right-back this season and he has attracted interest from Manchester United, who came close to securing the England full-back when he departed Crystal Palace in 2012.
He is only bounded until 2016 meaning Southampton may opt to consider a sale this summer rather than losing the player for free in a year’s time.
José Mourinho does not expect a summer of frantic business at Stamford Bridge, though a new £40m-a-season sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber would certainly enhance his requests for the duo.