In news that should be music to the ears of any Chelsea fan, the Blues are being linked with a move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Borussia Dortmund playmaker would likely come in to fill the hole left by Eden Hazard, who is rumoured to be on the radar of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Hazard has had a poor season by anyone’s standards this year, but the fall from being last term’s PFA Player of the Year has been quite spectacular.
The 25-year-old has only scored four across all competitions, one against struggling Championship outfit MK Dons, one against a weakened Manchester City side, both of those in the FA Cup, and two in his last outing against Bournemouth.
In addition to his failings in front of goal, the Belgium international has only provided four assists this campaign.
Conversely, Mkhitaryan has been in fine form for Die Borussen and looks like he would be a big improvement for the west Londoners compared to the out-of-form Hazard.
The Armenian midfielder has registered 18 strikes and 18 assists in all his outings this term.
Furthermore, his versatility would be a big asset to Chelsea, with the 27-year-old playing on both flanks and through the middle so far this season.
In contrast, 20 of Hazard’s 28 starts for Chelsea have been on the left wing this campaign.
Bringing the Dortmund man to Stamford Bridge looks possible, with the Bundesliga outfit continually struggling to keep hold of their star players.
Indeed, Hans-Joachim Watzke, the club’s chief executive, revealed in an interview with Sky that they won’t be able to keep hold of all of their trio of target footballers, Mkhitaryan, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.
“I don’t believe that we will have all contracts extended and that all three will play here next year,” he said.