Roma central defender Mehdi Benatia is a reported target for Barcelona and Manchester City, but there are sensational reports that Chelsea could take pole position to sign him.
Earlier today, quotes from Benatia stated that while he was happy at Roma, he felt it was the right time in his career to investigate the veracity of reports that major teams were interested in signing him.
The Moroccan international has reportedly demanded that Roma double his salary if they are to keep him and it has been suggested that the Serie A runners-up are coming around to the idea of losing him.
Chelsea appear to be on the brink of selling Brazilian centre-back David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain for £40m, which would be a world record for a defender and they will then need to find a replacement.
According to reports on TeleRadioStereo, Chelsea could consider using between £20m and £25m of that £40m to finance a swoop for Benatia and still have a tidy sum to put towards their reported £32m attempt to lure Atletico Madrid jewel Diego Costa.
Benatia recently revealed that he had turned down the chance to sign for Chelsea during Jose Mourinho's first spell at the club.
The towering defender was at Marseille at the time and came for a trial which resulted in Mourinho offering him a three-year deal.
He refused the opportunity because he felt he would be homesick in England, but it's safe to say that wouldn't be a consideration for the 27-year-old Benatia.