Manchester United will battle it out with Chelsea and Man City for £60million Ben Chilwell.
The Leicester left-back has emerged as a major transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer as the Red Devils boss builds a side to challenge for the title next season.
And the move will cast doubt over the future of Chilwell’s England team-mate Luke Shaw.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was convinced he had Chilwell lined up as part of his spending spree that has seen £80m pair Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech arrive.
The Blues are clearing the decks for more big-name reinforcements.
They are hopeful of selling left-back Emerson Palmieri to Inter Milan in a £15m deal.
City are also keen on landing Chilwell to replace Benjamin Mendy but United are moving into pole position for the 23-year-old England international.
Pep Guardiola is keen to boost the dethroned champions’ back four and a centre half to replace Vincent Kompany is his top priority.
However, Mendy has struggled with fitness issues and has failed to nail down a regular place at left back, rotating with Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko – a converted midfielder.
Losing Chilwell would be a big blow for Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers.
He is a Leicester academy graduate and has made 123 appearances for the club over five seasons.
Chilwell signed a new long term contract in October 2018 that runs out in 2024.
If successful, it will be the second time United will have raided Leicester’s defence in a year after landing Harry Maguire last summer for £80m.