Chelsea have received a late approach from Ligue 1 giants Marseille for striker Ike Ugbo, football.london understands.
The academy graduate – who has just one year remaining on his contract with the Blues – has long been expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after an impressive 2020/21 campaign in Belgium with Club Brugge.
A deal to return to the Belgian top-flight has been in the pipeline for several weeks with Genk having agreed a fee of around £4.2million with Chelsea.
However, football.london has been told that Marseille are prepared to pay a similar figure to secure the services of Ugbo and talks between the two clubs and the 22-year-old have been ongoing for several days.
Ugbo, who joined Chelsea at the age of nine, was a prolific score during his time in the club’s academy but struggled out on loan at Barnsley, MK Dons, and Scunthorpe United.
A stint in Dutch football at Roda JC during the 2019/20 campaign helped him rediscover his goalscoring touch and last season he netted 17 times in all competitions for Brugge.
Ugbo hasn’t been short of potential suitors this summer with Fulham, Watford, Monaco and Anderlecht all interested in securing the young striker’s services.
Yet it was believed Genk had managed to convince Ugbo, who spent part of pre-season training with the first-team squad under Thomas Tuchel, that returning to Belgium was the best move for his career.
Marseille’s interest has, though, changed that and Ugbo now faces a decision over whether to move to the French side or stick with the original plan and sign with Genk.
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