Chelsea have joined Manchester United and Paris St-Germain as the leading clubs who are considering a move for the Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines, who is valued at around £15m by his club.
Baines, 28, has emerged as one of the finest left-backs in Europe this season and has two years left on his existing deal at Everton after this season. It is highly unlikely that David Moyes would sanction Baines' sale next month, but the player is expected to be the subject of some interest come the summer.
United refused to pay Everton's £15m valuation of Baines last summer but he has subsequently had his best season yet. Paris St-Germain are interested in Ashley Cole, out of contract at Chelsea next summer, but are also considering Baines. Chelsea regard him as a potential successor to Cole.