Everton are prepared to pay £60m plus Cenk Tosun for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha according to The Telegraph.
Per the source, the Toffees fear Chelsea entering the race for Zaha as they are looking to reinvest in the squad after selling Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.
The Blues are currently serving a transfer ban but could strike a deal a year in advance and loan him back to Palace.
A similar move was carried out by Atletico Madrid back in 2017 when they signed Vitolo from Sevilla six months prior to their transfer ban being lifted.
Chelsea can still sign players despite being on a transfer ban but they cannot register new signings to play in the 2019-20 season.
A move to Chelsea could, therefore, be in Palace’s interests as they would be able to play him for another season and may be able to get their the £80m they have been demanding.
Tosun struggled for playing time at Everton last season and does not appear to be part of head coach Marco Silva’s plans.
The Turkey international scored just four goals and provided three assists in all competitions last season.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a return to Turkey but is happily settled in England with his family – he recently became a father – and does not want to leave.