Blues step up pursuit of La Liga youngster.
Chelsea are ready to rival Arsenal and Manchester United for the signing of Athletic Bilbao youngster Aymeric Laporte, according to Fichajes.net.
The 20-year-old is one of the most highly rated young defenders in Europe at the moment and has attracted plenty of interest after his fine performances in La Liga.
Chelsea are on the lookout for long-term John Terry replacements at the back and could make Laporte one of their top targets alongside Real Madrid’s French starlet Raphael Varane.
Laporte has a release clause of £31.5m at his current club and it is thought that Chelsea are ready to pay that to win the race for his signature.