Chelsea are attempting to seal Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia on a free transfer this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The 28-year old centre-back was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool before the Nerazzurri farmed him out on loan to Sampdoria during the course of the January transfer window.
Out of contract in the summer, the Blues have reportedly turned their attentions to the Italian ahead of a major summer rebuild.
Antonio Conte, who has managed the player at international level, is widely tipped to be the next permanent manager at Stamford Bridge once he finishes with Italy after Euro 2016.
As a result, a number of Italian and Italian based players have been touted as potential targets going forward.
With John Terry likely to depart upon their expiration of his contract in West London, their defence is likely to undergo massive changes.
A big money move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been mooted, though countryman Ranocchia represents a much cheaper alternative.