Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Crystal Palace forward Michael Olise, talkSPORT understands.
The Blues are believed to have informed Palace they plan to trigger a unique mechanism in Olise’s contract allowing him to leave for £35million.
Chelsea are confident of agreeing personal terms with Olise and he their next priority target after Romeo Lavia.
The Blues are in advanced talks with Southampton over signing Lavia in a deal worth £50m plus add-ons.
Olise, a versatile 21-year-old winger, has been long been linked with a move away with the Blues and Manchester City both linked.
Last term he enjoyed a stunning campaign, scoring two goals and bagging 11 assists as well as winning the club’s player of the year award.
With an incredibly bright future ahead of him, those in charge at Selhurst Park have known that a move away could be a possibility.
Roy Hodgson admitted after their pre-season clash with Sevilla that he was concerned about Olise’s future at Palace, saying: “We have a fight on our hands to make sure he stays with us.
“We had two outstanding wingers who were almost the best in the league – Michael Olise on the right side and Wilf on the left.
We don’t have Wilf anymore. Clubs are circling around Olise.
“We’ve lost five senior players from last season and brought one in – Jefferson Lerma – he’s good and we’re happy to have him in.
“But there is still that hole of five senior players in the squad, two of whom were two of the real stars of the team.”