San Siro hero could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will make a shock £35million bid for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder after admitting defeat in their efforts to prize Luka Modric away from Tottenham.
The 27-year-old has attracted interest from Manchester City and more prominently Manchester United but his high wages plus the transfer fee has put off those clubs.
But Chelsea, who have been comparatively quiet in the transfer market have money to burn and are willing to shell out to steal the Holland international from under the noses of their rivals.
Sneijder is demanding at least £200,000-a-week but Blues owner Roman Abramovich is ready to spend to recapture the Premier League title, according to Fanatix.
The playmaker has admitted this week he is up for sale and hopes to have his future sorted by next week.
“All I know is that Inter need money and that I’m for sale if the right offer comes in,” Sneijder told Voetbal International.
“I have five days off after the friendly against England on Wednesday. I expect clarity on my future by then.”
Manager Andre Villas-Boas is determined to add more creativity to his midfield and has turned his attention to the Dutch schemer after being frustrated by Tottenham’s tough stance over Luka Modric.
Spurs have rejected two bids from Chelsea for the Croatia international and have repeatedly stated he is not for sale, despite the midfielder’s wishes to move to Stamford Bridge.
But his team-mate Rafael van der Vaart is now sure Modric will be at White Hart Lane next month.
“I’m really happy that he’s going to stay because he’s an important player for us,” Van der Vaart told Sky Sports.
“Almost every day we ask him to stay and say, ‘Have a great season – then you can go!’ The chairman always said he’s going to stay, no questions about it.
“I understand he was a little bit disappointed, but in a few weeks he’s going to be happy again.”