Carlo Ancelotti looks to bring Turkish international playmaker to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund starlet Nuri Sahin after the club revealed they would listen to offers for the £18m-rated player.
The 22-year-old midfielder is also being courted by Real Madrid and Inter Milan after firing his club to the summit of the Bundesliga this campaign.
The Turkish playmaker limped out of last week’s game with Freiburg and has been ruled out for the rest of the season, prompting reports he’s played his last game for the German club.
Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke told German daily Bild: “Many clubs are interested but nothing has been finalised.
“We are not a club used to selling our stars but we will look at any interesting offers.”
Almost six years after Nuri Sahin became the youngest ever Bundesliga player there is strong speculation that the Turkish international is ready to quit Borussia Dortmund and pursue a move to the Premier League where Chelsea are apparently looking to snap him up to act as a long term replacement for mercurial midfielder Frank Lampard.
Sahin has been a regular in the Signal Iduna Park side’s first team for five seasons and has been having his most prolific season this term and is close to helping Dortmund to their first in almost a decade so to leave now would in some ways be peculiar but the allure of a move to one of the richest club’s in Europe may be acting as a catalyst for a move to England.
Ancelotti is looking to reverse his ageing squad and may look to offload the likes of Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka as the Italian tries to snap up the best young talent around. The Blues boss brought in Fernando Torres and impressive defender David Luiz in January and has been linked with moves for the likes of Neymar and Sergio Aguero as owner Roman Abramovich looks to flex his financial muscles this summer.