Once linked with a move to Aston Villa, Fodé Ballo-Touré decided against an early transfer to the Premier League back in 2017 and swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Lille before moving to Monaco in January 2019.
In doing so, the player managed to secure more game time, finding himself the regular starter under Robert Moreno this season, which caught the eye of a few clubs, including Chelsea.
That’s what Foot Mercato are reporting on Wednesday, claiming Frank Lampard’s side, Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig are three clubs to have shown interest in the left-back.
For the latter of the lot, a lot will depend on whether or not they feel it viable to trigger the €30m clause in the loan deal for Manchester City’s Angeliño.
As for Chelsea, it’s stated the Stamford Bridge side could ‘come forward’ if one of Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso were to leave the club in the summer.
It’s no secret the two defenders are wanted men in Italy, as both Inter and Juventus are incessantly linked with the pair due to their past relationship with Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.
Down the player’s end, it’s explained Ballo-Touré ‘feels good’ at Monaco, but the prospect of ‘taking a step up and why not get closer to the France national team could tempt him’.
Foot Mercato still don’t know where the principality club stand in all this, but with financial struggles caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s explained they ‘will have to find a solution to finance its many players under contract and their wages’.
Making a profit on a player they bought for £10m would certainly be one of them.
Ballo-Touré was recently linked with another move to the Premier League, allegedly ‘arousing the interest’ of both Crystal Palace and West Ham.