Bayern Munich are reportedly set to axe Arturo Vidal at the end of the season.
And that could open the door for Chelsea to make a move, according to TMW.
Vidal, 30, has spent three seasons at Bayern after joining from Juventus in 2015.
He was a key player with the Italians during Antonio Conte’s reign in Turin.
The duo enjoyed a strong working relationship as they won three consecutive Serie A titles together.
And it’s believed Conte wants to bring Vidal to Stamford Bridge this summer – as long as he remains in a job.
But Chelsea’s hierarchy have shown that they are open to signing experienced players for relatively reasonable prices, with Olivier Giroud joining from Arsenal on deadline day for around £18m.
Even if Conte were to leave, Vidal could still be tempted by the prospect of challenging for the Premier League title.
But he could yet make a stunning return to Italy, with Inter Milan and AC Milan both said to be keeping tabs.
Meanwhile, Bayern are happy to let Vidal leave after securing Leon Goretzka on a free transfer from Schalke, and they don’t want his progress to be hindered by competition from the Chilean.