Chelsea scouting Bundesliga midfielder who has caught the eye of Graham Potter

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Chelsea are scouting Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Kouadio Kone, according to Simon Phillips.

The 21 year old midfielder was recommended to Potter by new Chelsea technical director Christopher Vivell.

Vivell recommended the central midfielder to Chelsea after watching him closely during his time working for Monchengladbach’s Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig.

Chelsea are not the only club interested in signing the midfielder with French giants Paris Saint-Germain also interested.

Phillips told GiveMeSport: “I’d say he is more of a long-term target at the moment, but he has certainly been discussed as a January target as well.

“Chelsea are trying to get midfielders in. They are looking to get one in January and another one in the summer. There’s a scenario where we might even see three arrive come the summer.

“It’s an area that Chelsea are working on to rebuild and they’re looking for younger players. He’s one that has really caught their eye. They’ve been scouting him recently and he’s on the list of midfielders.”

Kone’s contract still has two-and-a-half years to run and there is an option for the agreement to be extended by another 12 months.