Chelsea are preparing a swoop in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze in the summer, according to the Metro.
The German international joined the Bundesliga champions from their league rivals Borussia Dortmund last summer. He was a key player for Jurgen Klopp's side and was in impressive form for his former club.
However, Gotze has failed to replicate his Dortmund form at Bayern, which has seen him complete only eight league games under Pep Guardiola this season. The 21-year-old was on the bench during the second-leg Champions League semi-final defeat against Real Madrid.
The report claims Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has long been an admirer of Gotze and was eyeing to land him during his time at the Spanish capital club. The Portuguese tactician has set his sights on roping in the German star in the coming transfer window.
Gotze is frustrated due to the lack of first team opportunities and admitted that he is "not happy" with the current situation.
"Of course I am not happy with my current situation. But I will continue to give my all. I hope that I will regain the coach's confidence and feature from the start again," Gotze told Bild.
The Blues are looking to take advantage of the player's situation with Bayern and are looking to bring Gotze to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. A move for the German playmaker in the summer is likely to bolster Chelsea's attacking division.
Mourinho has urged his players to bounce back after the Champions League exit and finish the season on a positive note. The Blues were eliminated from the European competition in the semi-final by Atletico Madrid earlier this week.
"They came back like they have to, obviously not jumping but with the feeling they had a good Champions League campaign," Mourinho told Chelsea's official website.
"They did everything they could, in football and life you have to react to disappointments. Today we tried to build a training session where they could recover some smiles, happiness and good feelings because we have two more matches to play and we have to do it in a professional way to finish the season with the feeling of victory."