Stamford Bridge youngster could be on the move.
Malaga are preparing a January offer to take Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on-loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old only moved to Stamford Bridge last summer in an £18million move from Anderlecht.
The Blues have high hopes for the Belgium international but at present have an abundance of attacking options and manager Andre Villas-Boas wants him to have regular playing time.
Lukaku himself wants more playing time but finds Fernando Torres, Dider Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou ahead of him in the pecking order.
Malaga are making strong moves to secure the signature of Lukaku when the transfer window re-opens, according to Talksport.
The Spanish club are keen to bolster their forward line and are hopeful that Chelsea will allow their young forward to go out on loan for the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, midfielder Michael Essien is progressing well in his recuperation from his knee injury and could be back in action by December.
He ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament at the start of pre-season training and it was initially feared that he could be sidelined for most of the 2011/12 campaign.
However, his rehabilitation at Cobham has been going smoothly and it now looks as though he could return to give the Blues a boost before the turn of the year.
“Essien is making good progress and we’re thinking end of December,” Villa-Boas told the club’s website.