CHELSEA and Crystal Palace are reportedly set to battle it out for CSKA Moscow star Fedor Chalov.
The Russian striker, 21, is rated as one of Europe’s best youngsters after making his senior debut three-and-a-half years ago.
Chalov, who has two caps for his country, has scored 36 goals in 113 games for CSKA.
And the Daily Star reckons he could be in line for a move to the Premier League this summer.
Chelsea are apparently long-term admirers and are known to be in the market for a new forward.
Olivier Giroud looks set to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season.
And Michy Batshuayi has failed to make an impact during Frank Lampard’s debut campaign.
But the Blues are now said to face competition from Palace, who are ready to offer £25m for Chalov.
Roy Hodgson is still searching for a reliable No9 to lead the line at Selhurst Park.
And he is ready to offer Chalov an important role in his squad, which could give Palace the advantage over Chelsea.
Indeed, the Eagles have failed with a bid for Chalov already.
An offer was knocked back by CSKA last summer.
Chalov’s agent, Christian Emile, said at the time: “Fedor is one of the most striking players in Europe, and the increased interest in him is completely justified.
“Especially from the side of one Premier League club, which made a significant offer, but CSKA refused to sell the player.
“The position of CSKA is completely understandable – they have serious goals and Fedor is the most important player for them.
“We will follow the development of events and are sure that in any case he has a great future.”