Chelsea set to bid for Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez, reports Calcimercato.
Chelsea are desperate to add more options in midfield following their disastrous Premier League campaign which has left the Blues languishing in 14th place.
According to Italian outlet Calcimercato, interim boss Guus Hiddink has long been a huge admirer of the Spaniard because of the versatility he offers.
However, it would certainly take a staggering offer to convince Bayern to let go one of their key players who has played 17 matches in all competitions so far this term.
If the outrageous deal succeeds, the 27-year-old World Cup and Champions League winner would come straight into the struggling Chelsea midfield to join the likes of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, running around clueless this season.
Interim boss Guus Hiddink is also desperate to overhaul the squad he inherited from Jose Mourinho
The former Athletic Bilbao midfielder is now reported to be at the top of the Dutch manager’s shortlist despite a January move for Martinez looks unlikely.
The new interim boss of Stamford Bridge earlier warned Chelsea stars that their futures depend on their own performance in upcoming fixtures and after the 3-0 win against Crystal Palace, the rest of the season is now a huge challenge in rescuing some sort of semblance of credibility, after Chelsea’s pathetic title defence in Premier League history.
These are certainly strange times at Chelsea. With Jose Mourinho gone and last season’s dream run also a distant future now, Chelsea somehow find themselves in an unfamiliar territory.
Hobbling around near the bottom of the league table is not a favourable zone they are used to sitting, yet this is the reality Guus Hiddink has stepped into and one the flop players must confront to stay alive.
Right now Chelsea board has shortlisted three transfer targets – Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, Shakthar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira and Everton’s John Stones.
Chelsea have already put in a reported bid of almost £45 million for John Stones following the several offers they placed for him last summer.
Hiddink has identified the Everton defender as a long-term replacement for captain John Terry and unless Manchester United move swiftly, the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could win the race to sign him by the end of January.