Chelsea will reportedly start talks with Bayern Munich star David Alaba in the New Year.
The Bundesliga giants have removed the offer for a new contract before it expires this summer.
Alaba, 28, can negotiate a preliminary agreement with any club in January, setting up a free transfer at the end of his stay at Bayern.
Chelsea are ready to be at the front of the queue in negotiating a deal, according to Bild.
The involvement of agent Pini Zahavi, who helped Roman Abramovich’s club seal many transfers in the past, is said to have helped the Blues case.
Several rivals have been linked to the Austrian, including Liverpool and Manchester City.
This report highlights the interest of Paris Saint-Germain, but it is believed that Alaba does not feel like moving to France.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been mentioned in reports, but the LaLiga duo are described as unable to pay the defender.
Alaba fell out with Bayern after the club confirmed the lack of movement in contract negotiations.
Club president Herbert Hainer said earlier this month that an offer was “no longer” on the table after the group of players deemed a “very good” figure “unsatisfactory.”
Reports have suggested Zahavi wants a £ 18 million fee for closing a deal, prompting a furious response from a former Bayern boss.
Former President Uli Hoeness stated: “[Alaba] has a greedy piranha for an agent. His father, who I like a lot, is being influenced a lot by him ”.
Alaba has denied the kind of numbers that are cited in the talks and remains the first pick for coach Hansi Flick.
He said: “I can’t say how it will continue from this point. I am happy to play for Bayern and to be part of the team.
“But I can’t say what the future will be like after last night, as no one has officially spoken to me.
“I can fully understand the fans [being hurt]. I wish internal things stayed internal.
“The numbers do not correspond to reality and I am a bit disappointed and sad that the club never officially came out to say they were wrong.
“I have not thought about my future because Bayern was always the first point of contact. I had no contact with other clubs for that reason ”.