Chelsea are trailing AS Monaco and Inter Milan in the race for Kurt Zouma's signature, according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport.
The French starlet has been on Jose Mourinho's radar for a number of months and reports in yesterday's Daily Express suggested Zouma would be a Chelsea player by the end of the week in an £11m deal.
However, the fight for Zouma's signature is still very much on and, if reports are to be believed, Chelsea are trailing both Inter Milan and Monaco.
The two aforementioned clubs have both submitted formal bids for the 19-year-old, believed to be between €10m and €12m. Chelsea, on the other hand, are still negotiating with St Etienne over a fee.
Le 10 Sport say that the player has more or less decided that it is a straight shootout between Inter and Chelsea but with Monaco's spending power, the principality club are far from outsiders.
St Etienne are hopeful of getting the clubs to up their offers to around the €20m mark and will also request that the player is loaned back to them for the remainder of the season.
Such an arrangement wouldn't be ideal for Monaco, who are keen to reinforce their defence immediately in their bid to win the Ligue 1 title.
Chelsea, however, could wait until the summer to see Zouma arrive as they still enjoy the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and David Luiz in their ranks.
Either way, Zouma's future is expected to be decided by the end of the week.