Chelsea have ended their pursuit of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, according to Goal.
The Blues were linked the Swede during the summer transfer window after they failed with a bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, and reports had suggested they would go back in for Lindelof during the January transfer window.
Chelsea then went ahead to re-sign David Luiz from PSG, and it is now understood their exit from the race for Lindelof now means only Zenit St Petersburg and Wolfsburg are interested.
The 22-year old is reported to have grown frustrated with contract talks with Benfica, and may consider his options during the next transfer window.
The Premier League club are understood to have now shifted their attention to Hoffenheim defender Niklas Süle, who they will pursue next summer.
The Germany U23 defender’s €30m price-tag may however prove a stumbling block for Chelsea, who also signed left-back Marcos Alonso before the close of the summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, the Blues will return to action in the Premier League this weekend following the international break and will be away at Swansea, but Luiz and Alonso aren’t expected to feature.