The Blues have joined their league rivals in the hunt.
The future of Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has been plunged into even more doubt as Chelsea join Manchester City in the race to sign the 26-year-old, reports CaughtOffside.
Late reports on Tuesday revealed that the Citizens have identified Bony as the ideal purchase to improve their attacking line and their director of football, Txiki Begiristain, was spotted at Anfield on Monday to watch the Ivory Coast international during Swansea’s 4-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool.
The forward recently signed a new deal with the Swans that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2018 and in a brilliant move by chairman Huw Jenkins also removed the player’s £19m release clause – meaning the Welsh club can name their price for Ivorian, which is believed to be around £30m.
Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add another attacker to his squad as injuries to Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic in recent times has seen James Milner having to be deployed as a makeshift No.9.
Their pursuit of Bony will not be an easy one though, with the Blues having now emerged as rivals for the former Vitesse Arnhem man’s signature.
They too want to add some more support in the final third and view the league’s top-scorer of 2014 as the ideal long-term replacement for fellow countryman Didier Drogba.