Chelsea have reportedly identified Reims attacker Hugo Ekitike as a potential transfer target.
The 19-year-old has been in stunning form in Ligue 1 this campaign, founding back of the net eight goals and two assists from 17 games.
The Magpies have been strongly linked with the prospect in recent weeks, although no move appears to be imminent after initial rumours.
According to Footmercato, that has seemingly left the door open to the Blues, who are allegedly interested in securing a deal in the summer.
The report suggests that the Champions League holders have already made contact with Reims regarding a potential deal, likely to be in the region of €40m (£33.45m).
Ekitike still has two-and-a-half years left on his current deal, leaving Reims in a relatively strong position with regards to his future.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly keeping an eye on the progress of Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint-Germain starlet Ismael Gharbi.
The 17-year-old has broken into the first-team picture at the Parc des Princes this campaign, already has played three games for the senior side in cup competitions.
Gharbi’s deal in the French capital expires at the end of this campaign, and he is now free to discuss terms with foreign teams.
The Mirror reports that the France Under-18 international would prefer to remain at Paris Saint-Germain if the club meets his wage demands, however, he would also be willing to listen to offers from elsewhere.