Mauricio Pochettino steps up Ivan Toney interest after being handed ‘greater transfer influence’ from owners
He is also Arsenal's No.1 transfer target...
The Blues, along with Premier League rivals Arsenal, made an enquiry for the Brentford striker in September and have now stepped up their interest.
They face a battle with the Gunners to land the Englishman although it is thought that Arsenal are being forced to work with a small budget in the January window.
Chelsea are now looking to take advantage with The Independent reporting that Toney has become a key target for head coach Pochettino.
The Argentine has been handed increased influence over transfers and will now have the final say on any potential incomings.
Pochettino will work collaboratively with co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart as well as co-director of recruitment and talent Joe Shields in what is said to be a similar model to the way Manchester City operate.
It is thought that Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja have not yet convinced Pochettino that they can be suitable long-term striking options and there is a desire to bring in a new No.9, with Toney believed to be the perfect fit.
Brentford may be willing to sell Toney for around £65m despite earlier reports that they were looking to secure £80m for the 27-year-old.
Toney is currently serving a betting ban which means he has not played all season and will not be able to return to the field until the middle of January.
He has registered 68 goals and 21 assists across 124 games for Thomas Frank’s side to date.