Blues will be looking to strengthen once again this summer.
Chelsea have joined the race to sign highly-rated FC Barcelona midfield player Alexis Sanchez at the end of the season, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The Chile international has endured a frustrating campaign at Camp Nou, failing to convince new Barca head coach Tito Vilanova of his qualities, resulting in the wide man spending large parts of the season warming the substitutes’ bench in Catalonia.
And this comes hot on the heels of a long period spent on the sidelines for Alexs in 2012, when the attacker suffered both an abductor tear and a ligament injury.
As a result, the West London giants now want to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the 24-year-old’s future in Spain by tabling a big-money offer for the playmaker, whose current contract with Barcelona runs until May 2016.
However, with La Liga’s champions elect having bought Alexis from Udinese for 26 million euros two years ago, they are understandably likely to want something similar to that amount were they to agree to allow the player to leave this summer.
Sanchez has scored four goals in 24 appearances for Barca this campaign, though many of those appearances have been from the bench.