Jose Mourinho reportedly wants to take Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira with him, if he returns to Chelsea this summer.
The Portuguese tactician looks certain to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season, after losing the La Liga title to Barcelona by a long margin, and has been strongly linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is understood to be in negotiations to bring Mourinho back, though the Russian is unwilling to pay the manager's £17m release clause. The Blues remain confident the issue can be sorted out with a lesser compensation fee, since Madrid are already looking at replacements, with PSG's Carlo Ancelotti leading the queue.
Mourinho is keen on re-joining Chelsea and has already identified the areas he would like to strengthen with the Blues' central midfield being one of his top priorities, according to The Mirror. The reports claims the 50-year-old has now lined up a summer approach for Khedira.
The German international, who joined Madrid from Stuttgart in 2010, has been a key member of Mourinho's squad, since he arrived. The 26-year-old has made 42 apperances in all competitions for Los Blancos this season and is valued at around £20m.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender David Luiz has welcomed Mourinho to Chelsea, following in the footsteps of Frank Lampard, and stated that he and his teammates would love to work with The Special One.
"Everybody wants someone like Jose Mourinho to be his manager. If he comes, it would be a big addition to us. Mourinho is a manager who has credibility, who does excellent work and leaves his mark wherever he goes," Luiz pointed out.
Lampard, who is now Chelsea's all-time top scorer, had stated last week that he would relish the return of Mourinho.
"I think it would be a great thing for the club. He is a successful manager and he would be a great thing for any club. He is certainly one of the greatest if not the greatest manager in world football," the Blues veteran said.