Able to play at centre-back and defensive midfield, the towering 25-year-old’s versatility and ability had Sam Allardyce tracking him in January, and looking to make a summer move at the end of this season.
Celtic had done much the same, and the Scotsman report claims that Genk - the club with whom Mbodj has been playing for two and a half seasons - want £5 million for his services.
This seems like a fair price for either of those interested parties, but it looks like a bargain deal for Chelsea, who have been tracking Mbodj according to a report in the Mirror.
Head coach Jose Mourinho is looking to add to his defensive options in the summer, and the 13-capped international’s ability to play in both midfield and defence will certainly pique Mourinho’s interest.
His physical play also ties in with the Blues’ style, as the Portuguese coach looks to provide height for both attacking and defensive set-pieces.
For any player, a move to Chelsea could be too hard to turn down, as it would represent the pinnacle of a career.
However, Mbodj, who has been playing consistent football for a number of years, could favour a transfer to West Ham or Celtic, knowing that the chance for regular football is more likely if he turns down the allure of Stamford Bridge.