RB LEIPZIG are the frontrunners in the race to land Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan.
The Wales international, 18, stayed behind from Chelsea’s pre-season tour in Japan to sort out a deal.
And the German club are looking at offering the teenager regular football next season in Bundesliga and a chance in the Champions League.
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is looking to bolster his squad after qualifying for Europe’s top competition.
And Ampadu can give him options at centre-back and defensive-midfield.
The German club see him as a bright British star of the future and have also targeted the likes of Ademola Lookman at Everton.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has given a lifeline to Chelsea hate-figure Jorginho.
The Italian midfielder was a scapegoat last season and was booed by his own fans for always passing sideways.
But new boss Lampard says last summer’s £57million signing is becoming a leader.