Chelsea have listed Benoit Badiachel, Ivan Ndica and Piero Hincapie as replacements for potential signings in January.
They have turned their attention to the trio with main target Jusko Guardiol now being watched by a number of top European clubs after his World Cup display in Qatar.
The Blues are getting more confident with the completion of a £30m deal for Monaco’s Badiachel.
They are keen to sign a new left centre-back and The Athletic reports Graham Potter’s side have already begun talks with Monaco over a Badiacelli deal.
The Chelsea hierarchy is now allegedly expected to complete a £30m deal for the Frenchman.
The 21-year-old will create competition in Chelsea’s backline alongside the likes of Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoue Chalobas and Fofana.
January transfers: Chelsea choose Benoit Badiachel, Ivan Ndica and Piero Hincapie to strengthen the defense.