Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has told the clubs billionaire owner that his side is in urgent need of some creativity in midfield and has added Mata to his shopping list.
The Russian is now set to back his young manager after watching both Manchester clubs splash out more than £50 million on new players.
Mata has emerged as a new target for Villas-Boas and had a £22 million bid for the Spanish international rejected last week.
Interest in Modric is well documented and the 33-year-old boss was careful with his words when pressed on the subject,
“The only thing I can say is just that it can happen. I don’t know to what extent we can go regarding his price because we are speaking about a high amount and nothing else, basically. End of story.” He said.
“It depends on a lot of things. It depends on Chelsea’s decision – if they are willing to go forward or not; up to which value and to decide whether they want to keep the interest in the player. It doesn’t depend on me. It’s not my money!
“Luka, on this particular occasion, is a young player but there would be for sure a sensible price to pay.”
Villas-Boas has persuaded Abramovich to do whatever it takes to bring Modric to the club and a new bid is thought to be close.
He is also keen to bring Mata to Stamford Bridge and is set to make another offer of £27 million plus £2 in top-up payments despite interest from rivals Arsenal.