Chelsea are set to launch a sensational £50m bid for Valencia striker Paco Alcacer when the transfer window reopens in January, according to the Sunday Express.
The Spain star was said to have been a target of Blues boss Jose Mourinho during the summer, but ultimately signed a new five-year deal with the Spanish outfit.
However, with the Stamford Bridge stars struggling to replicate their form of last year, the Portuguese supremo could be tempted into making a move in the New Year.
The 22-year La Roja international is rumoured to be the subject of a scouting mission ordered at Mourinho’s behest, as he looks to improve his side’s fortunes.
The defending champions sit 11th in the league after an abysmal start to the campaign for their lofty standards.
Despite downing Aston Villa 2-0 yesterday, the West London giants have lost to the likes of Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton.
Alcacer reportedly has a £50m buyout clause inserted into the deal he penned earlier this year, and a blockbuster move to England could be on the cards.
With on loan striker Radamel Falcao struggling to impose himself on first-team proceedings, Mourinho has only Diego Costa and Loic Remy to call on as central strikers.