PSV coach Ruud van Nistelrooy has admitted the club are fighting a losing battle to keep Noni Madueke out of Chelsea’s clutches, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Blues have had an initial bid worth £30m rejected by the Dutch club and Van Nistelrooy has been urging PSV’s director of football Marcel Brands to keep the England U21 international in Holland.
But Van Nistelrooy has revealed that he is already looking for a replacement for the 20-year-old winger – and Chelsea will get their man if they can get close to PSV’s £40m valuation.
Van Nistelrooy said: “It is now a case of looking for a good replacement. It looks like we could lose another big player this winter transfer window.
“I know that they (Chelsea) want Madueke. I would rather not let him go, but I can’t stop big clubs from showing such a massive interest in him.”
Chelsea agreed a huge deal for another winger on Saturday, with Mykhailo Mudryk set to move to Stamford Bridge – despite being Arsenal’s main January target.