According to Don Balon, Abramovich is targeting a move for Real Madrid ace Marco Asensio.

Indeed, it’s understood that Chelsea have held opening talks over a move for Real Madrid ace Marco Asensio, as chief Roman Abramovich is making sure that the West Londoners don’t suffer a repeat of the current season.

The Spaniard is under the deal at the Bernabeu until the summer of 2023 after signing an extension last term, but his development has stalled in last months as he’s fallen somewhat out of favour under Zinedine Zidane.

Although, it appears as if Alvaro Morata has been one of the main causes behind the move for Asensio, as it’s believed that he’s talked up the attacking midfielder’s talent to Chelsea chiefs, after playing with him at Madrid before making a move to Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been given a boost in their hunt of Gareth Bale as, according to the Independent, Manchester United have pulled out of the race to land the attacker.

The Welshman had been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford, with Bale having a hard time in Spain with Real Madrid. He has become surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, with Los Blancos looking at landing Neymar from PSG.

However, the Independent report that Madrid now have zero interest in signing Bale, as the club already spent hugely to bring in Alexis Sanchez.

Wales International moved to Madrid after an amazing term with Tottenham in 2013 but has struggled to find that form since moving to the Spanish side consistently.

The Welshman was taken off at halftime against Juventus on Wednesday, as Madrid scraped their route to the Champions League semifinals.

Inter Milan now look to be the frontrunners for Bale, a team that the Welshman should know well after netting a hat-trick against them with Spurs in 2010/11. However, Chelsea will still wish to get a deal done if the winger becomes available.