Chelsea have been told it would cost €15million (£13m) to sign Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza, according to reports.
As per CalcioMercato, the Blues are interested in the Spanish utility man but face considerable competition in the race for his signature.
Serie A giants AC Milan and AS Roma are also rumoured to be admirers, whilst Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen are also credited with interest.
Despite that competition, his signature is not set to be the most costly in the world with current employers Villarreal reportedly having set a €15m price tag, despite the 25-year-old still having four years left to run on his contract at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Pedraza, who spent the 2017/18 season on loan with Leeds United, has been pivotal to the Yellow Submarine’s success in recent seasons.
He has managed to rack up 94 appearances for the club and played a pivotal role in their Europa League success against Manchester United last season, making 12 appearances in the competition in all. The Spaniard scored twice and notched four assists from left-back last season.
Despite having been linked to Pedraza, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea currently remain well-stocked in the position.
Ben Chilwell was only signed from Leicester City last summer and impressed during his debut season at Stamford Bridge, while Marcos Alonso has also provided valuable back-up but does have an uncertain future with the Blues.
Ironically, Chelsea have also been linked with Roma man Leonardo Spinazzola, whom the Gialorossi are apparently aiming to replace with Pedraza due to the Italian’s long-term injury suffered at Euro 2020.
Pedraza previously hailed his spell in England as a key formative moment in his career.
Speaking to The Athletic in May, he said: “But honestly, I felt I adapted on a personal level pretty well. I felt very loved by the fans and I was genuinely very happy to play for Leeds and experience the Championship.
“It is a beautiful league to me, where you play every three days and the football is ‘ida y vuelta’ (up and down), which suits my characteristics as a player well. The move helped me to grow up.”
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