Chelsea are considering a move for Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen to replace John Terry in the summer, according to reports from Fichajes.
Blues legend and current captain Terry recently announced that the club will not extend his contract at the end of the season, meaning the Premier League champions need to sign a centre-back to fill his void.
And reports from Spain have suggested that the man that could replace the former England international is Vermaelen, who has struggled for regular playing time at the Nou Camp ever since his move from Arsenal in 2014.
The Belgium international has been constantly injured for much of the campaign, only managing to feature six times in the league this term.
However, even when fit, the 30-year-old is behind Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, and Jeremy Mathieu in the centre-back pecking order.
Vermaelen has made 15 appearances in all competitions for the European champions this season, scoring one goal.