Thanks to the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, CHELSEA was given a boost in their pursuit of departing Bayern Munich star David Alaba.
On Tuesday, the 47-year-old German manager was formally elected Blues leader – just 24 hours after Frank Lampard was sacked.
Tuchel has only one day to brace his side for a clash at Wolves’ home on Wednesday night.
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager is likely to turn his attention to the transfer market once his first game at Stamford Bridge is out of the way.
Although signing in January is unlikely to be too late in the window, if Austrian superstar Alaba wants to sign, Chelsea will have to move quickly.
At the end of the season, the versatile Bayern Ace, 28, is out of contract and will leave for free.
Real Madrid is interested in Alaba, according to AS, with the player himself preferring a move to Spain.
The Austrian is thought to have been given a four-year contract worth £ 190,000 per week by Los Blancos.
In the Premier League, however, Alaba still has suitors, with Manchester City rumored to be set to offer a contract worth £ 240,000 a week.
Although the favorites to sign the in-demand stars are City and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea are also involved.
Following long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, the Reds are crying out for a defender after selling Dejan Lovren last summer, with Joel Matip still struggling to remain fit.
But the arrival of Tuchel at Chelsea has thrust the Blues into contention for the signing of Alaba.
Goal declaration The signing of Alaba will be on the to-do list of the German manager.