Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel is close to Chelsea, according toBelgian radio station RTBF.
The Belgian midfielder was thought to be edging towards joining AC Milan but the media reports that Roman Abramovich in person is ready to hijack the deal.
They claim that Chelsea’s owner will travel to Russia to secure the signing of the Zenit St Petersburg star.
Abramovich is said to be friends with Alexander Dyukov Valeryevich, who owns Zenit.
The Express claims Chelsea are prepared to pay £24m for Witsel, who can be the replacement for John Obi Mikel.