Chelsea look set to ramp up their interest in Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, at the end of the season.
The Blues have been on several scouting trips over in Germany to watch the player, and have been impressed enough to make a move.
The Borussia Dortmund man has been in fantastic form this season, scoring 10 goals in the Bundesliga and 18 in all competitions.
Reports have suggested that Borussia Dortmund have no intention of letting Henrikh Mkhitaryan move, especially as they prepare to lose Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich.
However with Dortmund’s finances far from secure Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte feels they can still get their man.
Read all transfer ins and outs, completed deals visit football transfer news.