Chelsea entered the race to sign Denis Zakaria, a defensive centerman from Borussia Monchengladbach, according to a story.
Zakaria has long been claimed as a target for Liverpool, the champions of the Premier League, although Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked more recently.
In his three seasons in the Bundesliga with Gladbach, the 23-year-old was also a frequent Swiss national team player.
The German outlet Bild maintains that Zakaria has now drawn more attention from England, with Chelsea looking at the product of the Servette Academy.
Frank Lampard is said to consider Zakaria a good choice to reinforce the ranks of his middle class and to defend his vulnerable backline.