Chelsea are interested in signing CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov in January if the club’s transfer ban is overturned . Chalov has been listed as number one of players to be considered.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is understood to be a fan of his fellow Russian.
Frank Lampard’s side are expected to find out in mid-December whether their appeal against UEFA’s punishment is successful.
Crystal Palace are also interested having tried to sign the forward in the usmmer.
Palace’s move for the CSKA Moscow striker failed in the summer after the Russian club refused to sell their striker.
The Eagles had tried to sign Chalov, but a move broke down due to CSKA’s insistence that he stays.
Chalov’s agent, Christian Emile confirmed in August: ‘Fedor is one of the most exciting talents in European football so it is natural that there is a lot interest in him.
‘In particular, one English Premier League club made a substantial offer to buy him now, however CSKA did not agree.
‘CSKA’s position is understandable, they have important targets to achieve and Fedor is their most valuable player.’
Palace was desperate to add more firepower to their ranks and believed Chalov fitted the bill.