PSV Eindhoven chief Marcel Brands is attracting major Premier League interest.
However, the Blues are not alone, with De Telegraaf reporting Everton are also in contact with the Dutchman.
Despite the presence of Steve Walsh as technical director, Everton majority shareholder Farsad Moshiri is seeking a football chief "with continental experience".
Moshiri has two candidates for the position, with Brands under consideration. He wants an appointment who possesses a deep international network so to lift the standard of signings.