Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly looking to Roma star Daniele De Rossi this summer.
The midfielder's future at his hometown club is by no means secure, as his contract expires in June 2012.
So far there have been problems in negotiating a renewal, so the Giallorossi might have to sell in order to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea and their new manager Villas-Boas are lining up a bid to take advantage of the situation.
De Rossi would be the ideal replacement for Michael Essien, who has picked up a serious injury that will keep him out for at least six months.
The 2006 World Cup winner had already been linked with Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti's tenure.