Stamford Bridge side linked with move for Samba star.
Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly interested in signing Brazilian striker Nilmar and is ready to make a move for the Villarreal man this summer as he looks to bring in new attacking options as long term replacements for ageing strike duo Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
25 year old Nilmar moved to the La Liga last summer and has a decent first season at Villarreal but the Castellon side may feel the need to sell after failing to secure European football for next term. The former Lyon man is sure to be interested in a move to the Premier League champions and could feel that a move is necessary in order to further his career progression and to help force his way into the Brazilian international starting eleven.
Roman Abramovich is happy to invest in squad improvements and after removing big earners Joe Cole and Michael Ballack from the wage bill the west London club can surely afford to bring in younger players to help balance out a rapidly ageing squad.